Fundraiser for North Bend-based burn camp is set for June 2
May 30, 2012
By Sebastian Moraga
The clock is ticking for Camp Eyabsut.
The annual North Bend retreat for children who have suffered third-degree burns (its name means “to rise above anything”) is in danger.
“We found out a few weeks ago that the funding got cut,” said Leslie Dahline, whose husband volunteers at the camp.
For this year’s camp, scheduled for mid July, the Washington State Council of Firefighters will help raise money.
Attendance has lowered at the camps, which may actually be good news, she said.
“I think the reason is word is getting out there about burn prevention education,” she added.
Still, children coming from all across the Northwest depend on the camp, Leslie’s daughter Avery wrote in an email. So the push for money for the 2013 camp is on.
Cheerleaders including Avery and firefighters will stand in front of the North Bend QFC, 460 E. North Bend Way, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 2 collecting donations and selling tickets for a special showing of “Men In Black 3” at 5 p.m. June 3 at the North Bend Theatre, 125 Bendigo Blvd.
A website — www.saveburncamp.org — is also accepting donations.
All for a worthy endeavor, Dahline said.
“We have seen these children and how happy they are and how uninhibited they are while at this camp,” she said. “They get a new sense of self and they feel normal for the first time and they take that with them.”
Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or email@example.com.