Com­mu­ni­ty u­ni­tes for funds

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News | Nuus - Yo­lan­de S­tan­der

The P­let­ten­berg Bay com­mu­ni­ty u­ni­ted on Sa­tur­day 30 Sep­tem­ber to ho­nour the fi­re­fig­h­ters who risk their li­ves to pro­tect their com­mu­ni­ty, and to rai­se funds for them to en­s­u­re they ha­ve the be­st e­quip­ment to do so.

Mo­re than R30 000 was rai­sed du­ring the P­let t# So und st­heC al l Ra c e, which was hos­ted at Cairn­bro­gie E­sta­te. The e­vent in­vol­ved an ar­ray of en­ter­tai­n­ment throug­hout the day, in­clu­ding a moun­tain bi­ke ra­ce.

All pro­ceeds will go to­wards the #Soundst­heCall i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve ai­med at rai­sing funds for lo­cal fi­re ma­na­ge­ment u­nits (FMUs). The i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve was star­ted af­ter the mas­si­ve ro­le the­se vo­lun­teer fi­re­fig­h­ters play­ed du­ring the Ju­ne fi­res which clai­med the li­fe of one the­se mem­bers, Brad­ley Ri­chards.

“So ma­ny pe­op­le con­tri­bu­ted to ma­king t­his a won­der­ful day, from the spon­sors to the com­mu­ni­ty who ca­me out to en­joy the day with us. We are in­cre­di­bly thank­ful for e­ach and e­very one for their ef­forts,” said or­ga­ni­ser De­ni­se M­cNa­ma­ra.

She ad­ded that the feed­back was very po­si­ti­ve and said it would be­co­me an an­nu­al e­vent.

One of ma­ny high­lig­hts was the “toug­hest fi­re­fig­h­ter” con­test in which vo­lun­teers, Bi­tou fi­re­fig­h­ters and lo­cal cri­me fig­h­ters took on va­ri­ous chal­len­ges – from ty­re flips to car­rying he­a­vy lo­ads of wa­ter – for the ul­ti­ma­te tit­le.

“E­ver­yo­ne who par­ti­ci­pa­ted in the c­hal­len­ge sho­wed ster­ling ef­forts. So­me got sun­burn and ot­hers se­ri­ous muscle burn. Most had no idea how tough that c­hal­len­ge was going to be and that was less than half of the full ‘toug­hest fi­re­fig­h­ter a­li­ve’ com­pe­ti­ti­on. The FMUs took a be­a­ting. Re­spect to the Bi­tou fi­re de­part­ment,” said S­te­ve Rit­ky of the P­lett South FMU.

“Our mas­si­ve thanks go out to e­very single per­son who at­ten­ded. Our ef­forts would be so dif­fe­rent wit­hout the hu­ge in­put of the good pe­op­le of our to­wn,” Rit­ky said, ad­ding that the ef­forts of the #Soundst­heCall i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve was no­thing s­hort of hum­bling.

“The va­lue of your s­ha­ring our be­lief and vi­si­on and your con­stant fig­ht to help us a­chie­ve it can­not be me­a­su­red or ex­pres­sed. Wit­hout you guys we would not ha­ve a­chie­ved all we ha­ve nor would we ha­ve the op­por­tu­ni­ties which you ha­ve o­pe­ned up for us and for our to­wn.”

P­ho­tos: Yo­lan­de S­tan­der

P­let­ten­berg Bay fi­re­fig­h­ters and vo­lun­teers took on lo­cal cri­me fig­h­ters in a strong­man com­pe­ti­ti­on on Sep­tem­ber 30, 2017 as part of a fun­drai­ser for the #Soundst­heCall i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve in aid of vo­lun­teer fi­re­fig­h­ters in Bi­tou.

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