GEORGE NEWS - Memories of the recent devastating fires that marred the Eden District will be forever etched on the collective consciousness of our community. Firefighters dedicate their lives to the protection of life and property, sacrificing countless hours over many years and sometimes even their lives.
On Friday 4 May, the world celebrates International Firefighters' Day to honour the bravery and commitment of these individuals. Proud sponsor Oakhurst Insurance calls on the greater Eden community to support the initiatives planned to pay tribute to current and past firefighters for their contributions.
George Fire Chief Neels Barnard says the George Fire Department is very proud to be hosting their colleagues from fire departments within the Western and Southern Cape region for this celebration and to share the day with the local community. "International Firefighters' Day (IFFD) is a time where the world's community can recognise and honour the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible."
The weekend of festivities kicks off at 15:00 on Friday 4 May with a fleet of fire engines from participating fire departments parading through the streets of George. People from the district are encouraged to dress in red and blue and support the motorcade with firefighters from the Western and Southern Cape district as they make their way down York Street. On Saturday 5 May, the firefighting teams will show their mettle in a series of activities that simulate situations they would face daily in the call of duty. Come and witness these amazing athletes in action from 10:00 at the Garden Route Mall. Commemorative ribbons will be on sale to raise funds. A potjiekos competition among the various firefighting teams, in aid of those in need, will end off the day.
"This day that honours our brave firefighters is there to remind us of the critical role that they and all the core emergency services play in selflessly caring for us on a daily basis," says MD of Oakhurst Insurance, Peter Grindlay. "I look forward to seeing our local community coming out in droves to pay them homage, and amidst the festivities to also reflect and pay tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives in this very noble calling."
Schools and businesses that would like to get involved in this special day of fun and excitement are encouraged to contact Edith of the George Fire Department on 044 801 6360.
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