WoF hard at work for communities

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The Working on Fire team donated care packages to 203 children.

Working on Fire (WoF) has been in action throughout January to make sure the needy are cared for and that children, who will be returning to school, have the necessary supplies needed for the new school year. More than 203 children received donated care packages from the organisation.

Wayne Mokheti, WoF’s communications officer in the Free State province, said they raised funds internally and externally for the WoF Kid Care Package Initiative. They are aiming to provide children of WoF employees and their dependants with gifts containing essential care items and educational items. “Many of these children will use the contents of these care packages throughout 2021 and the fundraising for the 2021 project will commence soon so that many more children will be reached throughout this year,” Mokheti said.

He added that not only have they been taking care of the children but also mentioned the organisation enjoys a fruitful and productive relationship with the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality across numerous towns and cities that fall under the municipality where many WoF teams are based.

“Most recently, the municipality requested the Bloemfontein team to conduct an aggressive vegetation clearing project in the Bloemfontein urban areas. Some of the activities the teams will be conducting, will be controlled burns, manual fuel load reduction and the removal of alien invasive plant species, among others. The WoF Bloemfontein Team has also assisted the Parks and Cemeteries Department of the Mangaung Metro Municipality with weed and invasive alien control in public spaces, utilising manual and mechanical methods as well as controlled burning where it was possible, for a period of 18 days,” said Johan Breytenbach, General Manager: Free State Umbrella Fire Protection Association.

The areas that formed part of the project, include the City Centre, Universitas and Langenhoven Park. The areas are quite diverse and range from public parks to storm water channels and unused municipal land.” Breytenbach added. The recent rains have contributed heavily to overgrown grass and weeds, WoF jumped in and contributed where it could,” he concluded.

Heidre Malgas
heidre@mahareng.co.za