Donations needed for besieged firefighters

in News · 09-08-2018 10:45:00 · 0 Comments

After a week of tirelessly battling the huge fire that broke out in Monchique last Friday, supporters of the brave firefighters from across the Algarve and beyond rallied together to help fuel the unsung heroes with vital supplies like food and water, as well as helping the victims.

Public appeals were launched and private initiatives organised for everything ranging from essential provisions like water and cereal bars, to socks, burns cream, and veterinary care for injured animals.
The general public responded in earnest.
Officially, the Monchique Municipal Civil Protection Service appealed for small bottles of water, cereal bars and energy drinks, which were asked to be dropped off at main neighbouring fire stations outside Monchique, such as Portimão, Silves, Lagoa and Aljezur, whose men and women would transport the supplies up to firefighters in Monchique.

Well-wishers were asked not to attempt to travel to Monchique themselves with individual deliveries. Appeals were also made for fruit and milk and ointment for burns.
No doubt any donations will be gratefully received even after the flames are extinguished and the blaze conquered as the aftermath and injuries will take time to heal.
People took to social media in their droves to offer up their homes and land to take in animals in danger, while a number of rental property owners also rallied together to free up accommodation for those who were evacuated.
Drives are being staged region-wide for clothes, furniture, nappies and other items that those who lost everything in the fire might appreciate.
For more information on donations and drives being organised, see the Associacao Alerta de incendio florestal / forest fire alert Facebook page.


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