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Burkies chip in for little mate

Saturday, 29th July, 2017

Former classmates of Fraser Stenhouse spell out his name with coins in the playground at Burke Ward yesterday. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Former classmates of Fraser Stenhouse spell out his name with coins in the playground at Burke Ward yesterday. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

They look after their own at the Burke Ward Public School.

The Year One class banded together during their lunch break yesterday to raise money for one of their former classmates who had a nasty accident during a visit to the city.

The Stenhouse family - dad Shane and mum Emma, along with brothers Lachie and Fraser - returned recently to catch up with family and friends.

During a trip out bush, young Fraser jumped out of the back of a ute and accidentally landed in a boiling billy of tea.

He suffered second degree burns to his foot, ankle and lower leg and the RFDS airlifted him to Adelaide where he was admitted to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Doctors determined that Fraser would need four weeks in hospital for treatment - including skin grafts - as well as further rehabilitation when he returned home to Warrnambool, Victoria.

“Due to Fraser and his family being out of their home state of Victoria when the accident occurred, this meant that Emma and Shane are unable to receive any travel or accommodation assistance,” said Burke Ward teacher Kandie Dart, who helped organise yesterday’s fundraiser for Fraser.

“Accommodation and associated costs on top of Emma being unable to work has put financial strain on Emma and Shane,” she said, adding that the whole family was “much loved” in the community.

“We wanted to do something as a school to help this family, as the saying goes ‘Once a Burkie, Always a Burkie.”

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