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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"


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

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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

Kelsey  14 September 2020

Posted by: Rachel Christie

Kelsey has been an inspiration to us and our family, as have her partner, sister and parents! Kelsey's courage to share her progress and her journey has given insight to her incredible resolve.

Thank you to everyone for continuing to support her and her family. You all are stars xxoo

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Bennes
Bennes 1 day ago
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Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 14 Sep 2020
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Melissa
Melissa on 13 Sep 2020
Good luck for the future career move Kels x
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Private Donor on 07 Sep 2020
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Jason
Jason on 05 Sep 2020
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Created by Rachel Christie
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Paying to a verified bank account of Rochelle (Shelley) Waghorn on behalf of Kelsey Waghorn

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