Thank you from the Volunteer Wildfire Services

Wynberg Boys' High School Thank you from the Volunteer Wildfire ServicesTo Mr Richardson, the Staff, Parents and Students of Wynberg Boys’ High School,

Thank you from the Volunteer Wildfire Services

Fighting the devastating fires that blazed through the South Peninsula in the first week of March and then through Jonkershoek in Stellenbosch during second has been overwhelming for us in many respects – both as a firefighting unit and as a community. We are writing to thank you for the role you have played in helping us, the Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS), through the back-to-back fires during those two weeks – the toughest two weeks in many of our lives. Every act of kindness shown towards us has not gone unnoticed and we want to share our immense gratitude towards

The difference that this support makes holds increasing meaning and importance for our men and women of the VWS. I cannot stress enough the importance of the contribution your school has made to our organisation.

As you might know, all members of the VWS are unpaid volunteers, who offer their free time outside of their day jobs to train for six months a year, carry out standby duty, offer logistical support and fight wildfires during fire season. We rely entirely on donations to maintain our vehicles, fill them with fuel, feed our hungry firefighters, train them during winter and buy them the equipment they need (firefighting tools, radios, protective clothing, etc.) to put the fire out. More often than not, this is done out of the public eye.

This past fire season has been one of the busiest we have ever faced as a unit, and we have assisted Table Mountain National Park and CapeNature at over 50 fires since the season began in November 2014.

To receive your school’s donation and moral support unexpectedly at this difficult time provides enormous relief for our stretched resources, and will help to sustain the three bases (Newlands, Jonkershoek and South Peninsula) and the work of all the volunteers who make up the VWS. Without your help, we simply wouldn’t be able to continue fighting fires in the Cape and Boland regions.

We are proud to be a part of a community that shows the spirit you have shared with us, and we are inspired by the enthusiasm and support that Cape Town’s youth have shown us.

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts. It is our honour to serve you.

Many thanks and kind regards,

Julie Gardiner

VWS Finance Director

Wynberg Boys' High School Thank you from the Volunteer Wildfire Services

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