Fire & Fynbos

Fire&fynbos

Carry this bag to show your support for

Volunteer Wildfire Services

MARCH 2015

Woolworths is proud to support Volunteer Wildfire Services, an organisation of dedicated and highly-trained members of civil society, who volunteer to combat dangerous and often deadly runaway fires in the Western Cape. Your support will enable Volunteer Wildfire Services to continue their work, holding the line between fire & fynbos.

Through the sale of each bag, Woolworths donates R10 to Volunteer Wildfire Services

Available at select Woolworths stores.

volunteer wildfire services bag 3Copyright Patrick Ryan / Rights to use VWS.


WHO IS VOLUNTEER WILDFIRE SERVICES?

100% Volunteer. 100% Passionate.

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The most amazing aspect of the Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) a not for profit company, is that the entire unit is made up of unpaid volunteers. Wildfire firefighting is a dangerous activity and the safety of our members is taken very seriously, through training, purchasing the best gear we can afford and ensuring the mode of transport is the safest possible within our budget.

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Each year wildfires sweep through our reserves, and although a necessary part of the ecosystem, fires are becoming increasingly frequent and devastating.

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Preserving a stable and diverse Fynbos ecosystem is critical in managing the run-off from the winter rains, which forms the backbone of the Western Cape’s water supply. This precious system is now under threat and the VWS, in operation since 1999, is recognised as a vital tool to aid in the protection of this asset.

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It takes an exceptional breed of person to commit to this unit, though they come from all walks of life. This is especially true when volunteering one’s own time, the only reward being the satisfaction of a job well done at the end of the day, and a meal made by the wonderful support teams.

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WHAT PROJECT WILL THE FUNDS SUPPORT?

The funding will go towards ensuring our members are correctly equipped with Personal Protective Equipment for battling wildfire in the extreme conditions they face.

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Each year we need to equip our qualified new recruits with Personal Protective Equipment and replace worn out equipment for existing members to keep them safe on the fire line, this is an ongoing expense and this funding will allow us to ensure we can maintain this into the future.

volunteer wildfire services bag 1Copyright Patrick Ryan / Rights to use VWS.


HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN SUPPORTING THE PROJECT?

By purchasing this bag, making the VWS a beneficiary on MySchool MyPlanet or pledging ongoing funding.

Go to  http://www.vws.org.za for more info on volunteering

JOIN US!

Here you’ll find information on Recruitment with the Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS). The VWS is an exciting Non Profit Organisation made up of volunteers that assists SANParks and CapeNature with suppression of wildfires in the Western Cape.


LINKS TO FOLLOW THE PROJECT OR TO CONTINUE YOUR SUPPORT

For more information go to

 www.bags4good.org.za

http://www.vws.org.za

https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerWildfireServices

https://twitter.com/vwsfires

or e-mail goodbusinessjourney@woolworths.co.za

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