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EThekwini helps kids reach for a dream
Fire fighter Goodman Jilas, who is stationed at the
uMhlanga Fire Station, did a live demonstration to
show the visiting children how to put out fires.
TEN young boys had the opportunity to fulfil their dream of being firefighters, even just for a day, thanks to the City. The mini firefighters spent a day at the uMhlanga Fire Station and were given a special surprise when they were able to interact with a Metro Police K-9 dog.

The day was made possible by the City’s outreach programme and Reach for A Dream, a foundation that encourages terminally ill children to use their dreams to fight their sickness and inspire hope. Reach for A Dream Projects Co-Ordinator Sandrika Chetty said the group of boys, who have life-threatening illnesses, visited the fire station on 27 February.

Chetty said the theme of the day was Captain Courage. “We try to inspire hope so that the children have the courage to fight through their illness,” said Chetty. She said the organisation tries its best to cater for the request of children which range from toys, a cellphone and in this case, dreaming
of being a fireman.

The boys spent the day learning about fire equipment, how to prevent fires and were given live demonstrations of how to put out a fire. With sirens blazing in the background, the young boys were
hands-on during the demonstration and did their best to offer support to the City’s firefighters.

Umhlanga Fire Station Division Commander Jesse Yasudas said Reach for A Dream brings different
groups of children to the station twice a year. “It is an absolute pleasure to help fulfil the dreams of children and to educate them,” said Yasudas.
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