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Help burn survivor, William Baartman, raise money for children with burns

Help burn survivor, William Baartman, raise money for children with burns

Personal message

In April 2018, I will take on a very big challenge in my life: A journey to Everest base camp! This will be my very first hike on this scale and it’s all in aid of Avela Foundation. 

Together with my 14 team members, we hope to raise the much needed funds to help refurbish the Kimberley Hospital burn ward in the Northern Cape and also help launch Avela's Umatter support network, a psychological support network for burn survivors and their families.

The physical pain of a burn is horrific, but the worry, fear, and emotional pain it causes to survivors and their families can be just as difficult. Emotional support is crucial for recovery. I should know, I’ve been there myself.

At the age of three years old, I was a victim of gross Human Rights violation when my family home was petrol bombed by local students because my father was an Afrikaans teacher.

I sustained 75% burn wounds and also lost my younger sister, Grace in the fire that changed my life forever.

I was once too afraid to leave the house because I was scared of what others might think of me and now I’m wanting to climb Mount Everest to send a message to those hiding from the world, that there’s hope for them, hope they think doesn’t exist.

Please support me in raising funds by donating to my campaign or sharing my story with your family and friends.

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Name Comment Date Amount
Tjak 4 U Mar 13, 2018 R 100.00
Annie De Sol Dear William, People like you take my breath away. You are an amazing inspiration of what the human spirit can achieve! May you and all trek mates have an amazing journey. God Bless you always. Mar 12, 2018 R 2 400.00
Marisa G. Good luck for your journey! Mar 09, 2018 USD $ 41.97
Katarina Mohlman Hope to see you on Everest William!! Can't wait to meet you :) Feb 13, 2018 USD $ 52.68
Jessica lopes You don't know me, but I'm a burn survivor too. I saw you last year in providence Rhode Island at world burn. Your confidence and happiness shamed me for feeling shy about my scars. Best of luck! Feb 10, 2018 USD $ 99.73
Urgen Kalden My friend you are inspiration to all. Good Luck. I know for sure, You will enjoy your journey to EBC So, proud of you. Feb 08, 2018 USD $ 106.02
Gabrielle Lechtape-Gruter William you do such loving work and you are so positive on your path , may you reach Everest ! Thank you for being you !! Jan 11, 2018 R 5 010.00
Nadia I hope that you get to realise your dream! You are such an inspiration! Dec 28, 2017 R 1 028.20
Margie Wishing you a safe journey William and thank you for helping others Dec 27, 2017 R 1 000.00
kristin William, touched by your story. Best wishes for Everest Dec 22, 2017 USD $ 39.22
Rudi M All the best on your trek!!! May you reach and exceed the target! Dec 21, 2017 USD $ 12.46
Father Xmas Merry Xmas William. Proud of you and Go Team Avela !!!! Dec 21, 2017 USD $ 526.00
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Donations to date

R 29 703.71

Fundraising target

R 150 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 9 200.00

Avela Foundation

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The Avela Foundation is dedicated to providing healthcare and emotional healing to South African children that have survive burn injuries. Some of these children have disfiguring scars and we know that with the right support they will be able to achieve the impossible.