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.


When life changes with no warning…

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.

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Henk was a true Hero

All Burn Survivors are Heroes – Battling through their own difficult, emotional and physical daily struggles that few others in society understands. Due to personal experience, the Founder realised that Burn Survivors and their Families need intensive support after such an incident. Heroes are easily shunned by others due to their physical appearance and are not given the opportunities or support they so desperately need and deserve.

By creating this Foundation, the much needed support is provided to the Survivors and their families by preparing them for the long road ahead to recovery. Also by identifying and resolving shortcomings and obstacles in our medical and legal systems, the Foundation creates a platform in which the recovery process is faster and much more effective. Through the Foundation, Burn Heroes can reach out and Support other Burn Survivors who know and truly understands that a Severe Burn Injury is a Life Changing Experience in every aspect.

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A Non Profit Sec 21 Company Reg 2012/152187/08

NPO 124-379 Registered 15/07/2013

The Hero Burn Foundation is registered as a Public Benefits Organisation: PBO 930058401

This means we are now able to give all donors an A18 certificate for SARS