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Please Support Kelsey's Recovery Journey from White Island Eruption

Cause page created in the Disaster category by Rachel Christie for "Kelsey Waghorn"

$119,220 donated
Given by 1977 generous donors in around 12 months

Kelsey's recovery journey will be long and challenging. The community support, love and good wishes have been amazing.

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  Bay of Plenty

Kelsey Waghorn was guiding a group when Whakaari/White Island erupted on Monday 9th December. She is in a critical condition in an induced coma in Hospital. She has sustained full thickness burns to 45% of her body. She is having to undergo surgeries every 2-3 days for skin grafts and constant monitoring of her burns.

Kelsey has been a Tour Guide with White Island Tours for 5 years. As a passionate marine biologist, she loves every second spent out on the ocean doing the job she loves – even after being challenged by the boat fire on PJ5 in 2016. She has such a passion for the sea and sharing her knowledge and passion with others. Her attitude towards safety and well being is hard to beat and she would never let her actions put anyone else at risk. She would always make the effort to help others and leave herself to last.

Kelsey is a strong courageous young woman. She has the biggest heart and is fiercely protective of those she loves. She will confidently fight for the rights of anyone. She’s the girl you want in your corner and will be calm and decisive in times of crisis. She’s so smart. She’s honest, direct and uncompromising. She loves nature, the environment - especially the ocean. She loves animals – especially her rescue dog ‘River’.

Rachel Christie's involvement (page creator)

Kelsey is my vibrant eldest niece

Use of funds

We would be incredibily grateful for any financial support to help Kelsey’s Whakatane based immediate family and partner be at her side seeing her through these initial early months and for her ongoing treatments, physio, OT and recovery. Thank you.

Latest update

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The Good, Bad & Ugly (an update from Kelsey)  24 November 2020

Posted by: Rochelle (Shelley) Waghorn

I have been so overwhelmed this week.

Both our fridge and dishwasher crapped out. Both of our dogs ended up with damaged paws - and one ended up with a cone and a decent vet bill). The first anniversary of the eruption is coming up. Christmas is coming up. Money is tiiight thanks to “spend-the-pain-away-Kelsey” (but how good do these candles smell, and this duvet look..?)

Most importantly though, after my interview aired last night, I have been absolutely inundated with love and support.

I know I say it a lot, but thank you so much to all of you who send me words of encouragement, a hug for my mum, wine, boots for the dogs, your own stories, thoughts, love, strawberries - the list is endless.

Though my days can be tough, I know you’re all here for me - through the good, bad and ugly 🤍

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Latest donations

Hilary 4 days ago
Kelsey all the best for this summer...may the dogs paws recover and your wee feet take you somewhere fun!
Robert on 25 Nov 2020
Kia ora Kelsey. I somehow managed to miss the documentary, but from other people's comments it sounds like it was very well done. So, to help you along a little bit, here is $30. Cheers and Best. Rob
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Guest Donor on 25 Nov 2020
Kyle on 25 Nov 2020
I've just had an operation with some resulting recovery pain. I think of all the pain you have gone through and still going through, I can only wonder at your strength. God bless you.
Heather on 25 Nov 2020
You are a courageous young woman. I pray that God will bless you and your family and strengthen you on your journey forward

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Rachel Christie's avatar
Created by Rachel Christie
Rochelle (Shelley) Waghorn's avatar
Paying to a verified bank account of Rochelle (Shelley) Waghorn on behalf of Kelsey Waghorn

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