Help raise funds for VWS

2019-08-20 06:01
Members of Volunteer Wildfire Services are trained using the funds collected from the community.

Members of Volunteer Wildfire Services are trained using the funds collected from the community.

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Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) will be hosting an exciting event this week and they want the community to have a little fun while donating towards their worthy cause.

VWS was launched about 20 years ago and have managed to build a volunteer base of more than 200 members who passionately assist to subdue wildfires in the South Peninsula.

According to VWS volunteer, Grant Richardson, all members of the emergency service organisation do the work for the sheer love of the community and the natural wonders that Cape Town has to offer.

The group, based in Noordhoek, are now in need of some support from the very community they serve; and will attempt to garner funding through the second annual Quiz Night on Wednesday 21 August from 18:00 at Café Roux, also in Noordhoek.

Michelle Rodgers, marketing manager at the café, explains: “VWS approached us to assist in hosting their quiz night in aid of helping raise funds for their volunteers. VWS plays a significant role in today’s society and our community. They provide an incredible service and social protection for citizens.”

Elaborating on the intended purposes of the funds raised on the day, Richardson says: “The money we get is to put us in a position to go out and do firefighting.

“We are not subsidised in any way. Any income we receive is based on donations and we’re entirely reliant on the support of our community to help us raise the money for uniforms, training programmes and certification, equipment and anything else we may need to do this service.”

This fundraiser is especially important for the group to prepare for the busier seasons ahead. “Fire season runs from September or October to around about April,” says Richardson.

Café Roux has, therefore, committed all of the proceeds from the night to VWS, after catering is covered.

“The Quiz Night is a fun, interactive evening. It was a huge success last year and sold out very quickly. This is our second time hosting this incredible and worthy event. There will be raffles and spot prizes and seriously delicious food on our new menu,” says Rodgers.

She adds: “We have also decided that for the Noordhoek Farm Village’s upcoming Potjie competition day on 15 September, The Farm Village will be donating the proceeds of the tasting bowls to VWS.”

The community’s support is highly appreciated by VWS because as the wildfire fighting unit, they also aim to be a big part of the community.

“We try to involve ourselves in other activities – we work with Tears to clear vegetation and cut fire breaks. It’s not just about being firefighters, it’s about being part of community,” says Richardson.

Backing the volunteer organisation, Rodgers adds: “As a community, we need to support them in every way possible!”V For more information on Volunteer Wildfire Services, visit vws.org.za.V For more information on Café Roux, visit www.caferoux.co.za.

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