Community unites for funds
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.”
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.