Community rally for burn survivor | PHOTOS

The Whyalla community has come together in support of a local man who received burns to 12 per cent of his body after being caught in a fire while working on his car.

Nathan Parker, a dedicated father of three, had to be flown to Adelaide for emergency surgery following an incident where his car's fuel pump ignited while he was working underneath.

Because of severe burns on his face, legs and hands Nathan received skin grafts and therapy, and has a long road to recovery in front of him.

Making the situation worse is that he is not entitled to any leave or sick pay, and that one of his hands is so badly damaged that he may never be able to return to his job as a mechanic.

To support Nathan, his friends James Edwards and Mel Coker have begun a GoFundMe campaign to help relieve some of the financial pressure while he is in hospital.

So far the campaign has raised more than $2800, and this fundraising effort was boosted by a sausage sizzle held at Steel City Tyres on Friday.

Organiser Mel Coker said she was shocked to hear the news about Nathan, and knew she had to do something to help him and his family recover.

"The support has been amazing, people are buying $2 sausages and paying with $50, the amount of support is actually quite overwhelming," she said.

"The money will help him with his recovery, he's still got rent and bills to pay so this will help take the pressure off while he is recovering."

Among those attending the sausage sizzle on Friday was Nathan's mother Carol Weir, who said her son's firefighting experience may have saved his life.

"He was on fire...because he's an ex-fireman he managed to put himself out and ring triple 0," she said.

Ms Weir said Nathan was 'overwhelmed' by the support from the community and wished to thank everyone for rallying around him.

"We are so grateful to everybody," she said.

"This has been amazing, Whyalla is a wonderful town...Nathan has a long journey ahead of him."

If you would like to make a donation to support Nathan's recovery, head online to, or visit one of these local businesses:

  • Azzopardi's Butchers
  • Casa De Pan
  • George Avenue Deli
  • Jenkins Avenue Deli
  • Carve 'n' Cut Meats
  • Steel City Tyres

Ms Coker thanked Bakers Delight, Carve 'n' Cut Meats and Steel City Tyres for donating the supplies for the sausage sizzle, and Pete and Kate for cooking and serving.