On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Julian Burton Burns Trust (Burns Trust) team, I take great pleasure in presenting the Burns Trust Annual Report for 2016/17.
National Burns Awareness Month (1-30 June) raised much needed awareness amongst the Australian community of the correct first aid treatment for minor burns reaching in excess of 1.5 million people through a 30 second TVC. In total there was a significant reach and impact of this this awareness campaign from the inaugural launch from the previous year.
Once again we delivered burn injury prevention education to in excess of 50,000 children and their families. The roll-out of the newly developed BurnSafe Junior program, also exceeded expectations with over 105 Centres visited and over 3,500 students educated. We also provided over $115,000 in funding through the Clipsal National Community Grants Program for the development of world-class burns prevention initiatives and to advance burns care practices and support programs across Australia.
We continued to provide much needed support to a growing number of burn survivors and their families across Australia, facilitating the National Adult Burn Survivor Education & Support Forum in June 2017.
In 2016/17 much of our fundraising efforts centred around the Clipsal 1000 Challenge which raised over $425,000 collectively for the Burns Trust and Variety SA. It was a privilege to be part of this incredible project and to collaborate with Clipsal and Variety SA - The Children's Charity. This challenge not only helped raise much awareness for both causes but also much needed funds to help kids in need.
We are extremely proud of our achievements in 2016/17 and I am exceptionally proud of what the dedicated Burns Trust team has accomplished. We would like to thank our corporate and community partners, supporters and volunteers for their contribution to the Burns Trust. Each is instrumental to our work in reducing the incidence and impact of burn injury across Australia.
Thank you also to the burn professionals across Australia and New Zealand who continue to support and inspire our work and who also willingly impart their knowledge and skills to help us deliver our Care and Support programs.
Finally, on behalf of everyone associated with the Burns Trust, thank you for your continued warmth, care and generosity and enabling our work in the burns community.
Julian Burton OAM
Founder & Executive Chair