BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund was joined by sponsors, donors and friends last Sunday June 21st for the public reveal of their wall artwork.
Vancouver Fire Fighter’s Rappel Team waited atop the roof and when the signal was given, a very fitting wail of a fire truck siren, they covered the awaiting crowd in confetti then rappelled down the wall uncovering the tributary artwork. There were many cheers from the enthusiastic onlookers.
The man behind the camera, who has generously donated his time and creativity, is Vancouver photographer Allan de la Plante. In addition to providing the poignant image for the wall, Allan is busily photo-documenting the entire construction process of the Burn Fund Centre.
“The Burn Fund Centre was an idea borne from the visionary fire fighters of our province who recognized that providing this type of accommodation was absolutely essential. Fuelled by this understanding, they went about making it their utmost priority and have worked diligently to enable the project to become a reality”, states Michael Hurley, President of the Burn Fund.
The Burn Fund Centre will provide 8 short-term stay, free of charge, furnished accommodation suites with communal great room; library; outdoor spaces and family kitchen. Answering a critical unmet need, the Centre will be a home away from home for British Columbians needing to travel to Vancouver under emergency circumstances for medical treatment due to burn and major trauma injuries; patients in hospital discharge transition; or returning for follow up treatment. The Centre will also continue to offer its current Burn & Safety Awareness Education and Survivor Programs & Resources. The street level retail component will help sustain the ongoing operation of the Centre.
The Burn Fund Centre is currently under construction on the corner of East 23rd and Main Street, Vancouver, B.C.