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Posted on: Friday, 16 September 2011

Volunteer Wildfire Services Awareness Day

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VWS - Awareness Day

VWS – Awareness Day

The Fire and Fynbos Awareness Day is an annual event held in Assagaaibosch Nature Reserve which is part of the gorgeous Jonkershoek valley that lies just behind Stellenbosch. you might be asking what this event is all about, well it aims to create awareness about the fynbos and fires as well as the opportunity to raise money to support our charity. So many people think that because we are firefighters that we get money from government, unfortunately this is not case.

Because of the hotter summers and drier winters the fires that these firefighters fight are getting larger and more intense and are becoming increasingly frequent. This has necessitated a push in recruitment and funding for the equipment we sorely need. Top on the required list is a new landrover that will enable another team to be ready to go out and fight the fires.

What can you expect on Sunday 25 September 2011? A day of fun in the sun and having a great time outdoors. With plenty of competitions you might just be the lucky one who walks away with one of these fabulous prizes – a weekend away at a Cape Nature resort, a case of wine or 2 Plantronics bluetooth headsets as well as more giveaways. Children can enjoy a host of activities when they purchase their Fire&Fynbos passport.

Join in the 3km family fun walk which starts at 10h00 (registration is from 09h00) or if you are interested in slithery snakes there will be a snake show at 10h30, 12h00 and again at 15h00. Learn more about fynbos during the guided fynbos walk beginning at 12h00, 13h00, 14h00 and 15h00. All of the action takes place from 13h30 to 14h00 when the VWS Firefighting Display takes to the stage, with everything from helicopter and firefighting displays.


VWS - Awareness Day

Otherwise the day offers live music, fire truck rides, exhibitions, spot prizes, tree abseiling and more. Bring the whole family and enjoy something a little different. Here is what one of last years visitors had to say:

Our family spent the whole day at your VWS day yesterday (from baby to Granddad!). We partook in all the events, won TWO fantastic prizes, and had such fun – AND came away newly inspired about the risks fires pose, and how we can be involved. So, a HUGE THANK YOU  to all of you for such a well-organised event – staffed by such friendly and enthusiastic volunteers…. I asked the kids what they liked best yesterday, and they say “the walk, the snakes, the fire-show, the magician, and the tree-climbing!” …. So – I think you can take it that your whole event was just fantastic

About the VWS

The VWS has been around for about 10 years, but only in 2009 has the Jonkershoek base been established. we are an organization that is passionate about the mountains and our natural heritage and here is why. The mountains in the Western Cape are the main water catchment areas for drinking water, they soak it up in winter and release it slowly during summer. because of this they provide over 60% of the Western Cape’s water supply. The fynbos prevents erosion which diminishes the mountain’s ability to be an affective water catchment area. Not only that, but we help protect some of South Africa’s rarest and most precious natural heritage which forms part of the smallest and most diverse plant kingdom in the world, which is a great attraction for tourists and a great bragging point for South Africans.


VWS - Awareness Day

Come join us and experience a wonderful day in the Jonkershoek valley.

When and Where?

Date: Sunday 25 September 2011
Venue: Assagaaibosch Nature Reserve
Time: 09h00 to 16h00
Contact: Michael Brandt on +27 (0)82 559-8506 for further details

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Helen Rushton


After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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