Volunteer Wildfire Services 180km non-stop mission to raise funds

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I know, I know.. another good cause, another charity, asking for help. Well, it seems that the way we treat our planet of late, there is a great need for such calls to action. So here is another: looking after Table Mountain which is constantly under threat from wildfires. And this time it is to assist in funding the volunteers who go out there and fight those fires. And most often these days, the people starting these causes are making a huge effort to do something amazing and challenging, matching the effort required by the donors and making it a fair trade so to speak.

So come on and support this good cause: the Volunteer Wildfire Services 180km non-stop hike from Cape Point to Signal Hill, ending at the VWS Headquarters at Newlands Forest, taking place from 30th September 2010 to 3rd of October 2010. Below is a bit more about them.

The Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS), a section 21 NPO, is made up of a group of wildly enthusiastic volunteers from all walks of life who come together to protect the natural biodiversity. With stations in Newlands and Jonkershoek and affiliations with Table Mountain National Park and Cape Nature, the VWS are able to assist in fire suppression activities covering large tracts of land in the Cape.  Their 250 members train hard during the winter months to ensure that they are in prime condition to fight wildfires during the summer months whenever called upon. Over and above this, the VWS aims to generate wildfire awareness through land owner fire prevention training. Emphasis is also placed on getting involved with educating communities who find themselves in the middle of fire prone areas. VWS has been growing for 10 years now and it is with great pride that we strive to carry on the strong tradition.

The aim of this endurance challenge is threefold; to highlight the amazing environment that we are surrounded by on the peninsula, to create awareness of the VWS and the role that we play within the community and to fundraise. To accomplish these aims the decision was made to embark on a 180km non-stop (necessary breaks aside) hike from Cape Point to the VWS base in Newlands Forest. The route follows the fire line we serve to protect in the Cape Town area as it takes us through our amazing natural heritage. The physical element of the challenge is in keeping with the physical nature of what VWS does and highlights the need for their members to be physically fit when on duty. Indeed this is a key focus area of of their training.

Fire fighting is a dangerous activity. To this end the VWS would like to use this endurance challenge to raise R500 000 to better equip their members with advanced Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). As an NPO we rely heavily on the generosity of those around us to achieve their goals and digging deep to sponsor their members is greatly appreciated. As always they will go the extra mile to earn it and continue to work hard to protect the mountains that we all enjoy so freely.

To donate to the cause, and stay updated on the hikers progress, go here: http://www.vwsendurancechallenge.yolasite.com/

For more on the VWS, here is their main site: http://www.capefires.com/

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