30 wishes
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Amadeus – alongside Club Travel and Virgin Atlantic – recently visited the Rheenendal community to hand over a water bowser to use in the fight against the fire hazards the region has recently been experiencing.

As Club Travel, like Amadeus, is celebrating their 30th year in business, they decided to grant 30 wishes to a variety of causes and organisations throughout South Africa.  These wishes ranged from a clothing voucher for a single mother to air tickets to India for a young boy to receive stem cell treatment; pet food to animal sanctuaries to supporting a township feeding scheme for a year and many other worthy causes.

“We made the decision to give back to those in need with this project, to celebrate our 30 years of success in the South African travel industry.  The impact of such a campaign has the potential to be truly life-changing to those less fortunate,” said Club Travel MD, Wally Gaynor.

Amadeus was honoured to be able to help Club Travel fulfil the last wish in Club Travel’s 30 wishes campaign on November 20 with the handover of a water bowser in Knysna. The trailer, which houses a thousand-liter tank, along with a motorised hose, will be integral in the fight against fire and the prevention of any further loss of property and/or lives.

In June this year, runaway fires in Knysna and neighbouring Garden Route towns claimed the lives of seven people, saw the destruction of about 700 homes and other structures, burnt through between 10 000 and 15 000 hectares, and led to evacuation of about 5 000 people.

Deon van Zyl, of Rheenendal Fire Management, said at the event held at The Red Barn, that the difference this trailer will make to the community is immeasurable.  “We will now be able to react quickly at any sign of trouble, with a mobile fire trailer that can be filled in mere minutes,” said Deon.  In effect it will cut down the response time considerably and allow residents in the community to reach areas previously only accessible by foot.

The hope, of course, is that there may never again be fires as devastating as those from June this year… But in the event of it happening again, all in attendance left with the feeling that the Rheenendal community is that little bit more prepared for what may come.