The Gordon’s Bay Fire has destroyed homes and had firefighters working throughout the night to get the flames under control. This is how to help…
A fire raged through Gordon’s Bay destroying homes and disrupting electricity supply. The fire was being spread by very strong south-easterly winds. This meant that firefighters were expected to remain on the scene throughout the night to monitor the blaze.
The local Animal Welfare Helderberg was thankfully evacuated as the risk of being engulfed was far too high. They posted a moving account of how the evening went on their Facebook page. While their premises have been spared the organisation can always do with some extra support.
“Staff were issued instructions to get all dogs indoors and to wet the kennels. Cats had to be boxed. Volunteers streamed to the site to assist. Then the crowds came. People from all over. Various rescue organisations arrived. People were queuing to assist. To drive an animal or several animals somewhere. To house animals.”
People wanting to give donations or volunteer at the Animal Welfare Helderberg can find more information on their website here. You can see their wish list below.
- Financial contributions for erection of shade cloth structures for the exercise camps
- Food – dry and tinned
- Large water bowls
- Leads and collars
- Good quality paint and paint brushes/rollers
- Potted catnip
- Pet shampoo
- Plastic “shells” for dogs to splash in
The Volunteer Wildfire Services was also on the ground during the fire. They have worked non-stop over the last few months to help fight the horrific fires that have plagued South Africa. If you would like to support their efforts you can do so by using the information they shared below.
“Donations are most welcome, and always greatly appreciated. Here are some ways to donate. Thank You!”
As for assisting families that have lost their homes and businesses, we are waiting for more information and will update this post as soon as we have any new info. If you have suggestions for us please leave them in the comments section.