Top 10 Most Influential Speaker/Best Selling Author Kelly Falardeau and World Burn Foundation Founder Stephen Williams Come to Help Free the Sinai Fire Victims from Feeling like Monsters and More Like "Proud" Kenyans
Online PR News – 03-January-2013 – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA - When Jane Anyango from the Polycom Development Projects contacted burn survivor Kelly Falardeau about the Sinai Fire in Sept 2011 where over 100 people died and about the same were injured, Falardeau instantly felt she needed to help. Falardeau's heart sank when she heard so many people died from the tragic gas explosion, but was even more upset about the fire victims who lived. Why you ask?
Falardeau says, "When you get burnt, you need years of ongoing care. You just don't heal from the wounds and go back to normal living. In many cases your body is deformed and if it isn't properly treated right from the start, you will lose mobility and not be able to function normally at all. In some cases you won't be able to move your hands or even your fingers or even stand up straight as the scars will contract your body into a tight ball. Not only will your physical body suffer, but you will suffer emotionally too. Many people suffer from tremendous self-esteem issues including ridicule, rejection, staring, teasing and bullying. The families suffer from guilt that their loved one is in so much pain and it seems like it will never end. We want to give the fire victims hope and make them into survivors like we are."
Falardeau knows firsthand what she's talking about because she got burnt when she was only two-years-old to 75% of her body. During her initial burn injury, she was in the hospital for three months and then every two years after that for 19 years. During her school age years she suffered from being teased, bullied, stared at and rejected throughout her whole life and struggled with the constant shame of feeling ugly and scarred. The kids in school called her the ugly scar-faced girl.
When she became a young adult, she didn't want to be labeled the ugly scar-faced girl any more so she found a way to overcome all the constant abuse and found a way to succeed in her life and be the beautiful successful woman instead.
She found a way to go from near-death to success; from the ugly scar-faced girl to the top 10 most influential speaker, fierce woman of the year, bestselling author and recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. You have to ask yourself how? How did a burn survivor who constantly struggled with rejection, staring and teasing burst through all the negativity in her life to succeed? This is the reason she is coming to Kenya to the Sinai fire site.
Falardeau and Stephen Williams (also a burn survivor) are working together to create a one day burn survivor conference (Jan 12, 2013) to help the fire victims to have hope and feel like proud Kenyans not like ugly scarred-up monsters. At this event, Falardeau and Williams will share their stories of how they went from near-death to success and how the Kenyans can too. They will organize a burn support group and help the survivors heal and show them that even with ugly burn scars you can have a life full of hope. You don't have to have the perfect body in order to be a proud Kenyan.
Falardeau and Williams have raised money from Canada to pay for their own flights and accommodations to make the journey all the way to Kenya to show that no matter where you are, if you're a burn survivor you deserve to be helped. They have also approached Kenya Oil and the Kenya Rotary club to see if they can help financially and/or "in-kind." The Kenya Rotary club has offered to look into the situation whereas there has been no word from Kenya Oil.
Williams has done work in South Africa including implementing a burn prevention program. Williams has vast experience in developing rehabilitation and burn prevention programmes on every continent. Williams has designed and delivered workshops in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Germany, France, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States and South Africa.
He was also instrumental in developing the World Jamboree for Burn Children and young adult retreats and support groups for adults in many of the above countries. Williams has been dedicated to assisting burn survivors for over 25 years and refuses to stop.
Those who have worked with Kelly all say that she doesn’t let fear stop her – when she wants to achieve something, she just does. They also say the fact that Kelly is a burn survivor since she was two-years-old to 75% of her body is so motivating because she does not let circumstances dictate her success. In fact, she was selected out of 1500 women to compete in a model search competition and won the People’s Choice award. At 21, she was the President of the Alberta Burn Rehabilitation Society. She is a sought-after international speaker because of her ability to engage others and see how a bad situation can become a great one. She is also the author of three books, ‘No Risk No Rewards’, ‘Self Esteem Doesn’t Come in a Bottle’ and '1000 Tips for Teenagers', two of which hit the bestseller list. Kelly has been featured on television, radio and various magazines and won the Fierce Woman of the Year award and was featured on the cover of Be Fabulous. She was also featured as one of the Top Ten Most Influential Speakers for 2011 and recently received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, this Nov 2012. To learn more about Kelly go to her website at www.KellyFalardeau.com
About Stephen Williams
Stephen Williams was born and educated in England where he graduated from Nottingham and Canterbury Universities with undergraduate degrees in science and a post graduate degree in Counselling. Later he graduated from the University of Alberta in Canada with a Masters degree in Psychology.
Stephen is a married father of two and resides with his wife, Janet, in Edmonton Alberta. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Burn Foundation and he is a founding member of that organisation. He is also a founding member of the World Burn Foundation and has had vast experience in developing rehabilitation and burn prevention programmes on every continent.