Funds roll in for tree victim

By Zaryd Wilson

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BIGGEST EVER: More than 1400 people attended Kiwiburn last week. PHOTO/ STUART MUNRO
BIGGEST EVER: More than 1400 people attended Kiwiburn last week. PHOTO/ STUART MUNRO

A fundraiser has been set up for the New Zealand visitor injured by a falling tree branch at last week's Kiwiburn festival.

Anneliese Spence ended up in hospital after the branch fell on the tent she was in the early hours of last Thursday morning. She was taken to Whanganui Hospital in a stable condition from the festival site in Hunterville.

A page on fundraising website Give Forward had by yesterday afternoon raised almost $4600 to support the woman in her recovery. The page said she had had an operation and was doing well.

"There have been many people reach out and ask what they could do [and] support has poured in from all over the world and she is happy to receive each message," a message on the page said.

The fundraiser was to support her and her family through the recovery and the page said funds may go towards "accommodation, food, transport, gifts for Anneliese, transport back to USA for her and a guardian [and] whatever insurance will not cover including physical therapy in the future".

"Luckily the staff at the hospital have been incredible and made this challenging time a lot more bearable with their attention and care."

Kiwiburn is New Zealand's version of Burning Man which is held in Nevada each year.
The Annie Spence medical fundraiser can be found at bit.ly/20Bjcps.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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