The fires that raged around Cape Town and the southern peninsula last week sparked an amazing public response. To date, over R3 million has been raised for the Fire Relief Fund. In an op-ed piece for the Daily Maverick, "Philanthropy in times of disaster: Beyond the emergency," Shelagh Gastrow reflects on what needs to happen to sustain this philanthropic momentum:
The incredible campaign run by radio stations KFM and CapeTalk to raise funds for the Volunteer Wildfire Service involved in beating back the devastating Cape Town and other Western Cape fires has proved to be an important indicator of how people pull together in times of crisis and disaster, not only volunteering time and effort, but also their financial resources.
Read the entire article on the Daily Maverick website.