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Bottles launches donation feature to assist Cape Town firefighters

The on-demand delivery app, Bottles, acquired by Pick n Pay, has launched a feature that allows users to donate much-needed items to support firefighters battling the out-of-control fire that is ravaging the Mother City. 

Bottles launches donation feature to assist Cape Town firefighters

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The fire that started on 18 April 2021 continues to rage through Cape Town and firefighters are working hard to control the blaze. 

In an official statement, Charlotte Powel, the Head: Public Awareness & Preparedness – Disaster Risk Management Centre has indicated that the strong winds are wreaking havoc as firefighters and rescue services battle the fire.  

“City firefighting resources dispatched include 32 firefighting appliances and more than 150 firefighters. Aerial firefighting support remains grounded due to strong winds. Evacuations have taken place at UCT as well as the following locations in Vredehoek: Peppertree road, Ministerial Estate, Disa Park, and Mountain View Complex.”

The fire has devastated the University of Cape Town causing damage to several integral campus structures, with students evacuating the premises on Sunday. 

In an effort to support the volunteer firefighters, Bottles has made it easy for locals to donate goods to the men and women on the front line working hard to contain the flames. 

City of Cape Town, Facebook

How to donate using the app

Bottles has shared a step-by-step on how to donate. Simply download the app to donate. 

Step 1: Set your location to 1 of 4 fire stations (Lakeside, Roeland Street, Sea Point & Constantia Fire Stations)

Step 2: Pick items from our ‘Help Cape Town Firefighters’ menu

Step 3: Use code CTFIRE for Free Delivery

Step 4: Write in delivery notes: ‘Donation’

Delivery will be free of charge to the necessary fire stations in Cape Town. 

Items have on the app have been tailored to the requirements set out by the firefighters as to what they need.

What the firefighters need

In a Facebook statement shared by Volunteer Wildlife Services shares what is needed for the firefighters.  

“We’re always looking for AAA batteries for torches, Energade, and water, high energy food (not perishables), rehydrate / Game drink powder, and medical kit supplies (eye drops, burn shield, bandages, etc).”

Locals are encouraged to donate the following items; 

  • Water
  • Energade, energy drinks etc (please do not donate fizzy drinks)
  • Sandwiches and non-perishable food items 
  • Eye drops
  • Panado
  • Voltaren gel 
  • Energy bars 

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Featured image: Working on Fire, Facebook

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