Cape ad agency appeals to the hero within

ninety9cents EVS campaign

Cape Town based advertising agency ninety9cents has rolled out an unconventional awareness campaign for the Emergency Assistance Volunteer Support (EVS) that will make Capetonians think twice and hopefully support this cause.

 The EVS is a non-profit, public organisation that secures and deploys the necessary resources, skills and equipment to help train and supply a dedicated group of everyday Capetonians who volunteer world-class services (they are often called out to support the likes of the South African Police Service and Cape Medical Response units) to the communities of Cape Town. As a strictly voluntary organisation with limited funds, the EVS is in constant need of financial help and volunteers to provide these services to the people of Cape Town.

“The EVS’s brief to ninety9cents was a short and simple ‘help!’ As with any pro bono work, the challenge is to get people to donate their time. You don’t get to work with any budget so you have to ask people to believe in the cause and that’s exactly what the ninety9cents team did,” says Marius van Rensburg, creative director at ninety9cents. The whole agency got involved to help this worthwhile cause, with some of the team members even signing up as volunteers.

“Our strategic thinking is to tell Cape Town that there are ordinary people among us who also have families to feed and bills to pay but still find the time to volunteer for emergency rescue work. These people can certainly use a little help themselves and this message needs to spread like wildfire – so to speak,” concludes van Rensburg.

To raise public awareness of the EVS, ninety9cents created a decal out of stretch PVC that spanned across two garage doors of a residential property on Kloof Nek Road – a busy thoroughfare that gets a lot of exposure. The decal shows a fire truck parked in a residential garage, an unconventional sight that makes people look twice. The garage door brings home the message of the everyday hero and that the viewer too can make a difference by supporting the EVS.

“It’s the classic line from Jerry Maguire, ‘Help me, help you’, brought to life and these guys desperately need help,” continues van Rensburg. “The fire truck parked in the garage decal is just the beginning of a creative strategic plan that will include a myriad of fun and creative elements to make Capetonians aware of the EVS cause and appeal to them to get involved.

To become a volunteer or make a donation please call

021 783 5814 or 021 783 5814

or visit the EVS website at for more information.






  1. Pretty cool. Looks like it was done in High Level?

  2. Drove past this campaign last week on Kloof Nek Rd. Very cool!

  3. Just saw this now. Hope this was not the only communication channel used. If it was, this is not much of a campaign rather than a very attractive BTL advert.

    I would love to know the response rate/success to this “campaign”.

    How much volunteers signed up after they have seen this?
    I do believe that traffic to the site did increase but did it mean increase in volunteers?

    I think that 99cents can come up with something better than just a big PVC decal and while they’re at it help the EVS out with some marketing/communication tips/advice.

    Give people a reason to sign up (they could have been really creative. I’m thinking: a rescue culture, for the safety and goodwill, etc.), don’t just tell them about other ordinary people volunteering.

    But for the ad(creativity) itself, I like it!