The Founder of Hero Burn Foundation is a Burn Survivor after being involved in a light aircraft accident on the 18th of October 2008 near Lephalale, in which her husband rescued her from the burning wreck.
A Non Profit Company to support other Burn Survivors and create Burn Awareness, was registered in Loving Memory of Mr Henk Du Plooy (09/06/1977 – 29/10/2008) who selflessly gave his life by shielding her from the flames. Henk sustained 75% 3rd degree severe burns as well as internal burns and passed away eleven days after the accident.
Annerie du Plooy
October 2008 her life changed forever… Annerie du Plooy, her husband and father in-law was involved in a tragic light aircraft accident on 18 October 2008, near Lephalale in Limpopo.
Spencer Watson, Annerie’s father in-law and the pilot of the aircraft, died on impact. Henk Du Plooy gave his life selflessly to save Annerie from the plane by shielding her from most of the flames. Henk sustained 75% 3rd degree severe burns as well as internal burns. He passed away due to his injuries eleven days after the accident.
Annerie sustained 40% severe burns and was also admitted in Milpark Hospital Burns ICU where her husband passed away.
In 2012 Annerie founded Hero Burn Foundation in loving memory of Henk to keep his memory alive. Her healing came through helping others that went through the emence trauma of burns.
Annerie started a journey of supporting others in their time of need. After a few years she realised that by being the anchor for so many other burn survivors the foundation has become a platform through which survivors can pay it forward after receiving much deserved support.
It became her life mission to support and care for people after a burn trauma. Hero Burn Foundation (a non-profit organisation now also registered as a public benefit organisation) has gone from strength to strength and up to date has helped approximately 400 heroes in one way or another.
It is her dream to create a total burn care solution in South Africa that will not only include a dedicated burn hospital, but also a holistic rehabilitation program, research and development facilities and accommodation for family that has to put their lives on hold for moths on end. This will revolutionise burn care for all in South Africa.