Donations pour in for Knysna fire disaster

Following the devastating fires that tore through Ndlambe as well as Knysna and the surrounding Garden Route towns, communities rallied together to help; responding first to the fire at Barville Park, Elmhurst and Glendower. 

COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Harcourts dealer principal Helen Purdon with supplies donated from Port Alfred community

Yesterday the Port Alfred fire, just 4kms from Rosehill, was doused after an exhausting fight.

With such a great response, the surplus supplies are being sent to the Southern Cape. Community members, schools and businesses have rallied together and have donated a incredible amount of goods.

Port Alfred, Grahamstown and Kenton Round Table are collecting blankets, clothing and bedding to send to the Knysna Round Table clubhouse, which has been opened to the public for shelter. If anyone can assist, contact

Port Alfred donations can be left at Harcourts at Shop 4, Duckpond Centre, Port Alfred.

Kenton on Sea donations can be dropped off at Sunshine Spar.

Grahamstown donations can be dropped of at Just Property.

Several Port Alfred businesses have contributed with much                                                                                                           needed supplies.

Inter Town Transport, based in Port Alfred as well as the East London branch, have offered to courier supplies to Knysna every day, for as long as necessary. “People have been awesome,” Purdon said.

The local branch is situated in Southwell road opposite the Caltex Garage.

“I made the post [on Facebook] around 7pm, and the stuff just came pouring in. I’m so touched by our communities reaction,” Harcourts dealer principal Helen Purdon said.

News reports have indicated that around 80 000 people have been directly affected by the fire.

It is unknown how many animals and live stock have been effected, but animal care personnel and SPCA staff are being pushed beyond limits. “Dog food and animal feeds donations are needed. We will make sure it gets to where it’s meant to,” said Purdon.

Hell and high water as Knysna battles fires‚ strong winds and massive waves

Knysna Provincial Hospital employee Juske Williams said it was a disaster.

“It hasn’t quite sank in yet. I think we are all are still a bit numb for whats going on”. “It was like an inferno last night,” she said.

For now Williams and many able and willing residents head towards crisis centers to assist where they can.

“Our guests had to evacuate three times and run from the fire. Last night they slept in their car at Loerie. We don’t know whats going on. I don’t even know what has happened at the hospital”.

“I made the post around 7pm, and the stuff just came pouring in. I’m so touched by our communities reaction,” Harcourts dealer principal, Helen Purdon said.

Residents living in the area near the Knysna country club reported that a petrol station exploded last night.

If you know of anyone in Knysna needing assistance, send them to the Round Table Clubhouse, which is at the sports field in Loerie Park in George Rex Drive,Knysna.

Any financial donations for Knysna fire can be made to:

Round Table George 30
Reference: Knysna fire

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