Peri Peri spicing up the Mexican Food and Tequila Festival14th May 2017
Checkers Mini Shoppers swap for food & toys for Woodrock Animal Rescue12th July 2017
As many of you know, in May/June 2017 South Africa was shaken by a tragedy that hit us all, no matter how far you lived fro Knysna. Everyone felt the worry, sorrow and panic that went with the Knysna Fires.
But, like one man, the country came together and started gathering supplies, food, clothes, funds, etc. for the Knysna area. Many Gautengers planned trips down to Knysna to assist in any way they can, and those of us that couldn’t go ourselves helped with gathering items to send with.
Wierda Independent School was one of the many drop-off points for these items and Peri Peri delivered a boot full of clothes, shoes and blankets. J.H Retief Transport & Logistics sponsored the truck that took all the items down.
Thank you everyone who participated, and is still participating in rebuilding this beautiful town and the lives of the people that live there.
Here are some amazing ways huge organisations have banded together with the people to help:
- Gift of the Givers has supplied 32 tons of bottled water, blankets, diapers, food items and tents.
- Shoprite-Checkers offered the use of a building to store all the supplies, as well as donating supplies from various stores.
- Massmart, through Makro and Game, have sent six truckloads of supplies including bottled water, blankets, tinned food and dry food items worth R1m.
- Woolworths have given R500 000 to Gift of the Givers to help with the Knysna efforts, as well as donated supplies.
- Kulula airlines offered cargo space on flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg.
- Outsurance donated R250 000.
- Oxfam donated R60 000.
- The Australian High Commission donated R250 000.
- Discovery donated R375 000.
- Mutual and Federal donated R400 000.
- Short-term insurer Santam also donated R1m and dispatched additional field assessment resources to support its clients and business partners in the Garden Route and surrounding areas.
- DHL also opened up their 39 locations across South Africa as additional drop-off points where people can donate non-perishable foods and other emergency supplies.
- Many people opened up their homes to residents who had been left homeless because they had to be evacuated.
- The Jiwu Salon & Spa in Plettenburg have offered 30 minute massages focusing on muscles for firefighters and official fire brigade volunteers.
- FNB will be donating R10m towards relief efforts.
- ABSA donated R10m each for disaster relief as well as 5 600 tents.
- This list comes from a News24 article published on 9 June 2017 by Alex Mitchley. The amounts,items donated and companies contributing has obviously changed from then until now.