Donations from around the country have been flooding into the fire-ravaged town of Knysna.
“The City of Cape Town would like to express its sincere gratitude to all those who opened their hearts to the residents of Knysna by dropping off donations at four designated fire stations publicised in the wake of the disaster‚’’ said mayoral committee member JP Smith.
“The response has been completely overwhelming‚ to the point where we have received more than we could have hoped for. The city will, therefore, be closing the donation points.’’
Meanwhile, disaster relief foundation Gift of the Givers has appealed for horse and livestock feed donations. The foundation is also providing food and medical supplies to pet shelters in Knysna‚ George‚ Plettenberg Bay‚ Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage.
According to a statement on the foundation’s website: “The Knysna Fire aggravated the existing drought which destroyed substantial hectares of grazing land. Fortunately‚ farmers in the Free State have opened up their hearts and have donated close to 1‚600 bales of fodder to Gift of the Givers. At our cost transport has commenced. We will require twenty-five super links to complete the process. The feed of various types will come from Hertzogville‚ Bultfontein‚ Welkom‚ Wesselsbron and Ventersburg.’’
To date Gift of the Givers has distributed 5‚000 food parcels to individuals and families. In addition it had delivered liquids and food to 12‚000 firefighters every day.
By Nashira Davids, Tiso Black Star Group