Help burn survivor, William Baartman, raise money for children with burns
- By: William Baartman
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/william-everest-base-camp
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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- May 12, 2018 - R 205.64
- "Wow, you are such an inspiration!" - Anita
- May 04, 2018 - USD $ 41.82
- "You inspire me!!!" - Lucía Jiménez
- May 02, 2018 - R 5 000.00
- "You can do it!" - Rensje Quibell
- May 01, 2018 - USD $ 37.66
- "Cami, you are one of the worlds angels. Congratulations on the amazing work. Lots of love" - Charlotte Piper
- Apr 29, 2018 - USD $ 17.07
- "Good luck!" - Suné
- Apr 23, 2018 - USD $ 870.60
- "Wishing you all the best on this remarkable journey" - Andrea Kerzner
- Apr 23, 2018 - R 5 141.00
- "Good luck WILLIAM. You’re a true inspiration!" - Doug Walker
- Apr 22, 2018 - USD $ 43.51
- "Good Luck!" - Victoria
- Apr 22, 2018 - R 205.64
- "Good luck" - Claire
- Apr 22, 2018 - R 2 056.40
- "Wishing you all the best" - Anonymous
- Apr 13, 2018 - R 500.00
- "May every step be an adventure " - Renette Pretorius
- Apr 10, 2018 - R 5 010.00
- "Blessings and best wishes to Avela Foundation " - Gabrielle Lechtape-Gruter
- Apr 05, 2018 - USD $ 212.70
- "Can’t wait to meet you in Kathmandu! " - Cookie Sol
- Mar 29, 2018 - USD $ 112.65
- "Good luck William !! proud of what you are doing." - Amazing grace
- Mar 22, 2018 - R 2 000.00
- "Hey Willy. Am so proud of you. May God bless you on this journey " - Tebogo Tsotetsi
- Mar 13, 2018 - R 100.00
- "4 U" - Tjak
- Mar 12, 2018 - R 2 400.00
- "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. " - Annie De Sol
- Mar 09, 2018 - USD $ 41.97
- "Good luck for your journey! " - Marisa G.
- Feb 13, 2018 - USD $ 52.68
- "Hope to see you on Everest William!! Can't wait to meet you :) " - Katarina Mohlman
- Feb 10, 2018 - USD $ 99.73
- "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!" - Jessica lopes
- Feb 08, 2018 - USD $ 106.02
- "My friend you are inspiration to all. Good Luck. I know for sure, You will enjoy your journey to EBC So, proud of you. " - Urgen Kalden
- Jan 11, 2018 - R 5 010.00
- "William you do such loving work and you are so positive on your path , may you reach Everest ! Thank you for being you !! " - Gabrielle Lechtape-Gruter
- Dec 28, 2017 - R 1 028.20
- "I hope that you get to realise your dream! You are such an inspiration!" - Nadia
- Dec 27, 2017 - R 1 000.00
- "Wishing you a safe journey William and thank you for helping others " - Margie
- Dec 22, 2017 - USD $ 39.22
- "William, touched by your story. Best wishes for Everest" - kristin
- Dec 21, 2017 - USD $ 12.46
- "All the best on your trek!!! May you reach and exceed the target!" - Rudi M
- Dec 21, 2017 - USD $ 526.00
- "Merry Xmas William. Proud of you and Go Team Avela !!!!" - Father Xmas
Donations to dateR 66 923.74
Fundraising targetR 150 000.00
Funds raised offlineR 10 200.00 Donate
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.
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