The Cape Aflame project is fighting fire with fine photographs that are raising funds for some integral organisations. This citizen-led initiative – born of the March 2015 Muizenberg wildfire that ravaged the central section of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and destroyed several homes across the Cape Peninsula, causing injury to several firefighters – donated R102 000 to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, along with three other beneficiaries, at a function held at TMNP’s Newlands Fire Base on Tuesday 26 July.The Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA’ wildlife and horse care units, the Cape Peninsula Fire Protection Association (CPFPA), the South African Nature Parks Honorary Rangers (Table Mountain region) and Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) have earmarked the donation, in equal parts, for specific projects. Joette Emerton, bequest and major donor officer for CoGH SPCA, was very happy with the donation.“The events around the devastating fire in 2015 showcased a phenomenal outpouring of community support which enabled our dedicated inspectors to fulfil their duties in protecting wildlife affected by the ferocious fires that consumed our city,” she says. “This donation will enable our Wildlife Unit to replenish much needed supplies which will enable them to reach more animals in need of care.”Thanking his team, contributing photographers, participating organisations and individuals, Cape Aflame project leader Kevin Gleeson relates how the group, motivated by Capetonians’ support for the firefighting effort, took on the project “at risk” and used an aggressive online and social-media marketing campaign to turn over close on R1 million. “A total of R400 000 was raised through sales of The Cape Aflame – Cape Town’s Dance with Fire, a high-quality, image-rich coffee-table publication,” he says.“The book is a permanent record of the Muizenberg fire and a detailed, educative case study of integrated wildfire management in the Western Cape’s Fynbos Biome,”says Gleeson.“Working with independent retailers and public events supportive of the venture, the team was able to cover its costs and raise the donated funds by selling 2650 copies within seven months of publication.”About 150 copies of The Cape Aflame – Cape Town’s Dance with Fire (R395 including VAT) remain available to the public through participating retail outlets. Details may be found at www.capeaflame.com. The Cape Aflame project, a division of the (CPFPA), can be contacted at email@example.com.