Early in 2018, the Rotary Club of Seaford was introduced to local community member Tianna, who had survived serious burns as an infant in a house fire.
Tianna's mother Antoinette approached our club for support to attend the 2018 Phoenix World Burns Congress in Grand Rapids, USA.
It had been suggested that participation
in a support group would help Tianna's progress and development as an adult, but no such groups existed in Adelaide. After years of searching, Antoinette discoverd the Burns Congress
and wider burns community in the USA and was committed to getting to this event with Tianna, but the costs would be prohibitive. The Rotary Club of Seaford partnered with the Rotary Club of Unley
to provide funds which were matched by a Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) Compassionate Grant to make the trip to the US a reality. These grants are only possible
as a result of a generous $1 Million donation to Rotary from philanthropist Dick Smith.
Recently, Antoinette and Tianna visited our club to talk about their experience. It was a truly moving experience for
everyone involved. The video below has been produced by Tianna to tell the story of her trip.