FRIDAY 9 JUNE 2017
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
#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.