#OperationSA #CapeRelief Update

#CapeRelief

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FRIDAY 9 JUNE 2017
18h30

UPDATE:

A team of volunteers from the Al Imdaad Foundation and #OperationSA are in Knysna assisting with much-needed relief operations.

The teams are led by Qari Ziyaad Patel and Yusuf Abramjee respectively.

“Our hearts are broken. We never expected to see such devastation. Hundreds are homeless and their lives have been torn apart,” said
Abramjee.

#OperationSA and the Al-Imdaad Foundation launched an urgent #CapeRelief fund on Thursday following the raging fires along the Garden Route and the storms in and around Cape Town.

Within 24 hours, almost R750 000 has been raised for food, blankets and clothing. Donations continues to pour in.

Teams of volunteers will work throughout the weekend in the affected areas.

Abramjee said the response from the public has been “excellent and South Africans are once-again opening their hearts and digging deep into their pockets.”

“Thousands of people are affected. Many have lost all the possessions. It is heartbreaking,” said Abramjee.

He said: “Many victims are despondent and they never expected this to happen in one of the most scenic parts of South Africa.”

Qari Patel said: “In the spirit of Ubuntu we found ourselves compelled to extent our humanitarian hands to our fellow citizens.

“What we are witnessing here has certainly taken us by surprise. We are shocked. We never anticipated such widespread damage along the Garden Route,” said Qari Patel.

#OperationSA is still taking pledges. SMS or WhatsApp 072 3 99 99 99 with the amount you will be donating. On-line pledges can also be made on www.operationsa.org

#OperationSA raised about R14-million for the #SAveSyria drive earlier this year.

“We have a 100% donation policy,” said Operation SA’s Yaseen Theba.

He said “all monies raised is going directly to those in need and not a rand will be used for salaries, travel, etc.”

Theba thanked NGO’s, religious organizations and corporates who are also donating generously.

The Rhema Bible Church is having a fund-raising drive for #CapeDrive tomorrow. Various communities such as Laudium in Pretoria and Nirvana in Polokwane are also mobilizing this weekend to raise funds for essential items.

Abramjee said “we have assessed the needs in and around Knysna and we need to do much more to help those affected.”

Loads of essential items were delivered today.

Addressing affected residents, Abramjee said R1m worth of aid has been allocated.

“It is heartwarming to see so many individuals, NGO’s, companies and religious organizations assisting. Let’s continue…”

Qari Patel said they also visited a number of affected areas. “Hundreds of dwellings have been destroyed. Many shacks are also raised to the ground.”

The area is still covered in dense smoke and fire-fighters are continuing to battle smaller fires around the area. Helicopters are being used to “water bomb” sporadic fires.

Mattresses are also being delivered for use by fire-fighters. Many flew to the area last night and today.

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Three-year-old latest victim in #KnysnaFire

Kaveel Singh, News24

Cape Town – The Western Cape government has confirmed that a three-year-old found in Knysna was the latest fatality in the raging fires in the area.

During Thursday’s disaster management briefing on the emergency situation on the fires spreading through Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, official Anton Bredell confirmed that a 3-year-old died in Welbedacht because of the fires.

The fires in Knysna and Plettenberg have however thus far been contained thanks to continued rain.

Operation SA and the Al-Imdaad Foundation launched an urgent appeal for funds to assist victims of the devastating storms and fires in the Western Cape.

#CapeRelief was set up this morning in response to calls for assistance from thousands affected by the storms in and around Cape Town and by the fires in Knysna.

“Our target is to raise at least R1m within 24 hours,” said Operation SA spokesperson Yusuf Abramjee said.

Abramjee said the money would go directly to the Al-Imdaad Foundation “who have teams on stand-by to buy essential items such as food, blankets and clothing”.

“We will deliver the aid without delays,” he said.

Meanwhile, the SA Weather Service said that snowfalls were expected over the Southern high ground of the Northern Cape and the mountainous region of the Cape Winelands.

Snow Report SA said: “By Thursday morning, falls will be starting to become light over Western and Northern Cape areas, and might extend into areas of the Eastern Cape around Graaff-Reinet, Hogsback, Molteno and the Eastern Cape Drakensberg areas, as well as South-Western Lesotho.”

Up to 20 suburbs have been damaged and 10 000 people evacuated in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay as fires continue to spread on Thursday in the Western Cape.

Evacuations from Knysna to Sedgefield and George began late last night. Relief officials have been trying to feed and provide shelter for the 10 000 evacuated.

Relief efforts for #CapeTownStorm and #KnysnaFire in full swing

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Fires burn near Knysna, South Africa

Cape Town – #OperationSA and the Al-Imdaad Foundation have launched an urgent appeal for funds to assist victims of the devastating storms and fires in the Western Cape.

#CapeRelief was set up on Thursday morning in response to calls for assistance from thousands affected by the storms in and around Cape Town and by the fires in Knysna.

“Our target is to raise at least R1 million within 24 hours,” said Yusuf Abramjee from #OperationSA.

“The money will go directly to the Al-Imdaad Foundation who have teams on stand-by to buy essential items such as food, blankets and clothing. We will deliver the aid without delays,” said Abramjee.

“We also have volunteers who will distribute the much needed aid,” he added.

#OperationSA raised almost R14m earlier this year to assist the victims of the Syrian war. Six charities benefited.

“We appeal to South Africans to again open their hearts and dig deep into their pockets and let’s assist those affected by the storms and fires. They need our help and they need it now,” said Abramjee.

“We have a 100% donation policy,” he added.

Yaseen Theba from #OperationSA said pledges would be taken via SMS, WhatsApp and email.

Details for pledges

SMS/WhatsApp: 072 399 9999

Email: info@operationsa.org

You can also pledge via the website: www.operationsa.org

Updates on the total pledge will be posted on the website regularly.

Qari Ziyaad Patel from the Al-Imdaad Foundation said: “We cannot sit back and watch the devastation. We need to help those in need with urgency and we appealing to South Africans to open support #CapeRelief.

“We also want corporates to donate. We challenge them to pledge and continue making a difference,” Patel said. “Let’s act and act now!”

Abramjee called on NGO’s, community groups, religious organizations to also mobilise.

Account details for donations:

Al-Imdaad Foundation

First National Bank

62102373206

Branch: 220325 (Estcourt)

Reference: AIF21698 Cape Relief

Visit www.operationsa.org and www.alimdaad.com for more.

URGENT #CapeRelief fund launched by #OperationSA

Thursday 8 June 2017

URGENT #CapeRelief fund launched by #OperationSA

#OperationSA and the Al-Imdaad Foundation have launched an urgent appeal for funds to assist victims of the devastating storms and fires in the Western Cape.

#CapeRelief was set up this morning in response to calls for assistance from thousands affected by the storms in and around Cape Town and by the fires in Knysna.

“Our target is to raise at least R1-million within 24 hours,” said Yusuf Abramjee from
#OperationSA

“The money will go directly to the Al-Imdaad Foundation who have teams on stand-by to buy essential items such as food, blankets and clothing. We will deliver the aid without delays,” said Abramjee.

“We also have volunteers who will distribute the much needed aid,” he added.

#OperationSA raised almost R14-m earlier this year to assist the victims of the Syrian war. Six charities benefitted.

“We appeal to South Africans to again open their hearts and dig deep into their pockets and let’s assist those affected by the storms and fires. They need our help and they need it now,”
said Abramjee.

“We have a 100% donation policy,” he added.

Yaseen Theba from #OperationSA said pledges would be taken via SMS, WhatsApp and email.

Details for pledges.

SMS/WhatsApp-0723999999

Email- info@operationsa.org

You can also pledge via the website: www.operationsa.org

Updates on the total pledge will be posted on the website regularly.

Qari Ziyaad Patel from the Al-Imdaad Foundation said: “We cannot sit back and watch the devastation. We need to help those in need with urgency and we appealing to South Africans to open support #CapeRelief

“We also want corporates to donate. We challenge them to pledge and continue making a difference,” Patel said. “Let’s act and act now!”

Abramjee called on NGO’s, community groups, religious organizations to also mobilize.

Tax certificates available on request. Please email proof of payment together with the following information to 18a@alimdaad.com

1. Donor/Company name in which 18a must be made out.
2. Donor/Company Income Tax Number.
3. Postal Address.
4. Email address.
5. Contact Details.

Account details for donations:

Al-Imdaad Foundation
First National Bank
62102373206
Branch: 220325 (Estcourt)
Reference: AIF21698 Cape Relief

(Note that we are collecting Lillah and Sadaqah only for this project)

www.operationsa.org / www.alimdaad.com
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*Yusuf Abramjee cell 082 4414 203

*Yaseen Theba 064 4000 000

*Qari Ziyaad Patel (082) 7867755