I’ve chosen a slightly different direction for this challenge and thought I would share with you local boy Jake Millbank’s long and winding road that is recovery from burns he received in the Whakaari/White Island eruption on 9th December last year. (See my post on the tragedy here. As I feared the news did get much worse. 21 people lost their lives as a result of the eruption and 26 others suffered terrible injuries.)
19 year old Jake was a guide on the island on that day. He suffered burns to 80 per cent of his body and is lucky to be alive. This link takes you to an interview he did in May that shows it hasn’t been just luck, but spirit and character that have pulled him through. What a remarkable young man he is, his courage is an inspiration.
Tours haven’t resumed to the island and the plume of smoke, steam and ash on the horizon are a constant reminder of the tragedy. Our thoughts are often with the families who lost their loved ones and the injured like Jake, who are still recovering.