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August 18, 2005
Toronto firefighters help at children's burn camp
  
Toronto firefighters have donated time and money to support Camp Bucko since
its inception 11 years ago. This week, several firefighters have given up their
summer vacation time to volunteer at Camp Bucko.

Camp Bucko provides children recovering from burn injuries the opportunity to
meet other children who share similar feelings and experiences in a camp
environment.

The camp gives these children temporary freedom from the everyday frustrations
of being a burn victim, and a chance to share their stories and bond with one
another. Most of all, the camp is a place to have fun and learn new things.

Children in these circumstances benefit from participating in a program that
builds self-esteem to help cope with life beyond their burn injury.

Nancy Sinclair, Director of Operations at the camp said, "Camp Bucko is a fun,
safe and caring camp program, free to kids ages 7 to 17 with burn injuries. Our
residential setting encourages campers to participate in a variety of social,
recreational and therapeutic activities that promote self-esteem, the
development of leadership skills and foster personal growth. At Camp Bucko,
kids have a place where they can be themselves without feeling different or
alone."

Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association (TPFFA), Executive Board Member
Kevin Ashfield, spent this week at the camp and will present a cheque from the
TPFFA to Nancy Sinclair on Saturday evening at the camp.

Toronto firefighters have raised over $8,000 this year. The public is
encouraged to attend a charity car wash on Saturday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. outside of Fire Station 227 (1904 Queen St. E) where the newest recruit
class will give up a Saturday to wash cars for Camp Bucko.

For more information visit the camp's Web site at www.campbucko.ca.


Media contacts:

Captain Don Marsden
TFS PIO
(office) 416-338-9316
(pager) 416-667-4121

Nancy Sinclair
Director of Operations
Camp Bucko
416-281-3169



 

 

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