As the reality of yesterday’s events set in and we realize that in fact it wasn’t a horrible dream, many people are left still dealing with the ongoing devastation that the storm has brought about. Unfortunately its not over, and while homes are being rebuilt in Cape Town they are still burning in Knysna and Plett as mass evacuations are still taking place and have been throughout the night. Unfortunately people are not just loosing their homes but there are reports of at least 5 casualties thus far.
If you can spare a thought, a moment, a buck and help out in this time of disaster here’s what you can do:
Victims of the fire as well as the hard working fire fighters are in desperate need of non-perishable food, water, toiletries, nappies and warm clothes.
Drop off points in Cape Town: which will go directly through to Knysna and be distributed through the central disaster risk management center:
- Goodwood fire station
- Strand fire station
- Roeland street Fire station (CBD)
DHL has also offered their services and a list of drop off spots around the country can be found HERE
Or alternatively if you’re sitting in your office, home or university you can easily log into Pick n pay online where you can purchase items to be donated directly to the victims, its simple, and takes about 5 seconds.
If you’re along the garden route you can also drop off donations at any of these centers:
- Garden route mall: Drop-off points atInformation Kiosk or Centre Management
- Eden Meander Lifestyle Centre: drop-off point at Centre management
- Mosselbaai Mall Heiderand: drop-off point at Centre Management office opposite, the post boxes
- Langeberg Mall: Drop-off point at Centre Management
- Knysna: drop-off point Knysna at the forecourt in front of Woolworths or center management
Alternatively you can also donate to the #SaveKynsna disaster fund: itickets.co.za/events/382101
It’s extremely sad to be hearing reports of fake donation accounts, so please make sure you make use of reputable places so that your help will reach those that really need it.
Every small bit counts, and if we all pull together and donate a little bit it will make a huge difference to those who really need it.
For more information and updates on the fires as well as how to help out check out the Knysna fire community on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/groups/knysnafire/
Our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone affected by not only the fire but the storm as well!