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By bringing a child for help at the charity, you are agreeing to the use of his/her images to educate the medical fraternity on our website about the causes and treatment of burns injuries

CHILDREN OF FIRE’s Monopoly Moonwalk this year will set off from the Bakerloo exit of Elephant and Castle tube station at 10am sharp on Saturday 12th September 2015. Aim to be there for 9h30am please in comfy shoes and bring a water bottle.People should join the walk by emailing their details to firechildrenuk@btinternet.com and by setting up their own Just Giving page linked to Children of Fire International. They can also join the ChiFi Team: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/Monopolymoonwalkers2015

We are proud that London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson has volunteered to walk along with a group of London’s finest Fire Cadets and the Green Watch of Euston Fire Brigade. Add to these, hopefully many other lovely firefighters along with a South African potter from Gravesend, a doctor from Camden, nurses from East Grinstead, a taxi driver from Walthamstow, an Essex schoolgirl, a lawyer from the City, photographers from Dulwich and Pinner, a book author from Croydon, a nurse from Hampstead, a psychologist from Luton, a television producer from Kew, a bookkeeper from South Ealing, a South African maths student, a British law student from Johannesburg, French law students from Lyon, a teacher of Ancient Greek from Northwood, and the list becomes more fascinating by the day. Please increase our diversity and make this the year that we cover not only the significant costs of arranging microsurgery in the UK for one of our youngest children, but also the year where we can seriously start planning our international architectural competition for a paediatric burns hospital to serve sub-Saharan Africa.

The walk itself is about 13 miles (20 km) long. It takes as long as the slowest person takes to walk. But it is not compulsory to walk the entire route. The objective is to take a “selfie” at each Monopoly Game street or other key landmark on the board to prove you were there to your sponsors. Ideally these can be tweeted to @ChildrenOfFire as we walk #MonopolyMoonwalk.

It’s the coolest way to see London – from the pavements up. We walk through 2000 years of history, passing echoes of many different epochs. We can email the route to participants in advance or you can collect a map on the day. Euston Fire Brigade is arranging snacks at Whitechapel and at Euston and other kind supporters will locate ablutions along the route.

A photo opportunity with a fire appliance from Lambeth Fire Brigade will probably be possible around 10h30am when the walkers have just crossed Tower Bridge. Media queries can be directed to the charity’s main email address or to Rob McTaggart, Senior Communications Officer, London Fire Brigade T: 0208555 1200 x30780 M: 07717 157 846 E: robert.mctaggart@london-fire.gov.uk

Our future ambitions also include – teen burns survivors climbing another volcanic summit in Africa; probably Mt RasDejen in Ethiopia. Another reconstructive surgery outreach to Kinshasa, DRC... (Not because it is easy but because the need is great).

Many people have helped us without charge over the years, including some very warm-hearted super-skilled surgeons. But we have to feed, educate and clothe children. We have to arrange travel to where the surgical solutions are. We keep helping children into adulthood so that they can study for a degree or a trade until they are finally able to care for themselves.

We’re heading towards 20 years of this life-changing work but we can’t do it without you. If you can’t join the walk, please sponsor someone who can – and add the GiftAid details if you’re British so that we can recoup the tax. Be safe in your own lives and please: Test your smoke alarm every week.

Just To Be

ONE IN THREE of the children that we help has been burned intentionally.
The pain that they have felt is unspeakable.
But long after the flames are extinguished, the pain goes on.
They are disabled by their burns. But more by your stares.
Scarred permanently.
Outside and In.
There is no day when they can forget that they are burned.
No day when society does not avert its eyes. Or look too long. Brutally.
No day when they are not at the receiving end of revulsion. Pity. Cruelty. Tears.
Oh for a day Just To Be.

There are other concerns.
So small. So practical. They could astound you.
Just to have a thumb and an index finger so that a child could hold a pencil.
To have two ears to fix your glasses to.
To have a nose to sniff with.
To have a prosthetic leg that did not chafe your skin raw.

Each child could stand up and shout: “It is not my fault!
“My place of birth is not my fault!
“My nationality is not my fault!
“I am human just like you.
“I want to walk, talk, laugh, run, smile, learn, grow, give, just like you.

“I am a member of the human race.
Let me return to it as your equal.”
There is life after the fire.

WHY walk 13 miles around London for Africa’s burned children? Or part of the way? Or sponsor a child?
There are massive tragedies and atrocities daily in our troubled world.
And being burned is one of the most devastating of them all.
Children of Fire need your help.
Just To Be.

To join the walk on Saturday 12th September 2015, email firechildrenuk@btinternet.com
Phone 0208 868 2967 or 077 11 02 3116
Donate to: Children of Fire, Barclays Bank, East Kent Branches,
Sort Code: 20-17-92 Account: 90103330.
If you are walking, please set up a Just Giving Page. We can tell you how.

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This is the website of the sister charities:
Children of Fire International
(registered in England and Wales, Number 1088785) and
Children of Fire
(registered in South Africa, Number IT121180/98).

The charities co-operate to help young survivors of burn injuries (whether by fire, chemicals, electricity or hot liquids) in Africa and to help and educate the communities in which they live, providing both prevention and cure. Some aspects of the Johannesburg School for Blind, Low Vision and Multiple Disability Children are also covered here as the GDE-registered school provides tuition for children awaiting surgery.

Contact Office Assistant: Lungisani Hlongwa for details.
58 Auckland Avenue, Auckland Park 2092, Gauteng Province, South Africa
Tel: 011 726 6529 (international dialling +27 11 726 6529 )
Fax: 011 482 4258
MAIN charity email address: firechildren@icon.co.za

United Kingdom.
53 Rickmansworth Road, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 3TJ
Tel: 0208 868 2967 / 077 11 02 3116
Email: firechildrenuk@btinternet.com

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