Halifax, NS - Nick Davis was known for taking on the tough jobs but his career as leading lineman in Sydney came to a halt in April, 1997.
That’s the day he sustained an electrical contact. The current blew a hole through his right palm, he lost two fingers on each hand and his left leg ten centimeters below the knee.
“I was very lucky to live,” he said.
Nick was airlifted by helicopter to Halifax where he underwent four and a half months of treatment and rehabilitation.
In the burn unit and later in rehab, Nick witnessed the courage of a 14-year-old boy who sustained burns to more than 80 per cent of his body. That’s why he decided to volunteer with the Atlantic Burn Camp. “He inspired me,” Nick said.
A few years after Nick’s injury, regional planner Donnie Campbell – the man behind Celtic Serenade on CJCB for the past 41 years - was sitting in his Sydney office chatting with operations manager Richard Cook, a fellow music lover. They thought it would be nice to stage a show to raise money for a charity.
The St. Paddy’s Day Bash is now in its 10th year and has raised more than $120,000 for the Atlantic Burn Camp and Sydney’s Almost Home Emergency and Supportive Housing. The event takes place at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre in Sydney on Friday, March 13. Every act includes Nova Scotia Power employees and retirees.
Donnie says they chose the burn camp as the beneficiary because of what happened to Nick. “He was involved in the burn camp and it was a good fit for us – something our guys could relate to.”
The cabaret-style event has something for everyone. It includes a concert and dance featuring rock and roll, bluegrass, Newfoundland-style music and a square set. There will also be a bar and finger food.
Nick says the fundraising event is crucial to the camp’s survival. “Fundraising is very, very hard and this event is what’s keeping us going. It’s a fantastic show. They’re a great line-up and the music is just unreal and I think that’s what keeps people coming back each year.”
The Atlantic Burn Camp takes place one week each year at the Cape Breton Bible Camp site at New Campbellton on the Bras d’Or Lakes. Children between the ages of five and 17 from the four Atlantic provinces who have sustained serious burns are eligible to attend the camp at no cost to the family. Camp volunteers include teachers, firefighters, paramedics and nurses from across Atlantic Canada as well as Nova Scotia Power employees and retirees.
Today, the camp has about half the number of kids involved than when it started, which Nick believes is proof fire prevention programs work. “With any luck we’ll be out of business someday,” he said.
Almost Home’s mission is to inspire teen moms to create a better life for themselves and their children. This mission ultimately pursues our vision of breaking the cycle of poverty among teen moms, two generations at a time.
Tickets for the fundraising event are $20 each and available at the Membertou centre box office, from Nova Scotia Power employees working in Cape Breton or by calling 902-539-2300.