Dave’s burn-aver­sary set to ben­e­fit oth­ers

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MANY in the com­mu­nity would re­mem­ber Dave An­der­sen, the lo­cal yachtie who re­ceived burns to 90% of his body when his boat ex­ploded in April last year.

The re­gion came to­gether in the wake of the tragedy, rais­ing much needed funds for the An­der­sens – and now Dave wants to give back.

On April 8, Dave’s “bur­naver­sary”, as he likes to call it, will raise funds for the burns unit at the Royal Bris­bane Hospital.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the doc­tors, the nurses, the phys­ios; ev­ery­body at the Royal Bris­bane Hospital has been fan­tas­tic,” Mr An­der­sen said.

“The only neg­a­tive I have about the whole hospital sys­tem I went though is that it’s un­der funded.”

Mr An­der­sen said the money raised last year through the What A Dif­fer­ence A Dave Makes cam­paign had kept them go­ing over the past 12 months.

“I didn’t think I knew as many peo­ple as do­nated, let alone they liked me enough to give my fam­ily money,” he joked.

“I know it’s a big ask, but I’m hop­ing the com­mu­nity will give just a lit­tle bit more to help out ev­ery other per­son that has to go through this aw­ful thing that is a ma­jor burns trauma.”

To be hosted at Banjo’s Bar and Grill from 4pm, there is

GIV­ING BACK: Ban­jos Bar and Bistro’s Jessie Cleary and owner Joanne Cutler with (cen­tre) Dave and Si­mone An­der­sen.

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