UPDATED: EL, King come together to help Knysna fire victims

EAST Londoners are asked to open their hearts to help the victims of the devastating wildfires in Knysna and the Garden Route.

Hudson Park Primary School and Honda and Kia Motors were the first of many who reached out, appealing to the East London public to donate blankets, non perishable foods, clothes, baby formula, school stationery and any other items for those affected by the Knysna fire.

The fires, which broke out yesterday, have raged through the garden route causing havoc.

SAD SIGHT: The wildfires in Knysna and the south coast have left 1000s homeless and many have lost everything. You are asked to help the fire victims by donating clothing and food items Picture: BUSINESSLIVE

Strong winds, due to the storm passing over the Western Cape have fanned the flames as firefighters are still battling to control the fire. By 2am this morning around 10000 people were evacuated from their homes.

“We are a caring school and when there is a need in the community we like to get involved and by so doing make a positive difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate. We have so much to be grateful for so it is our right and our responsibility to share with others who have less than us,” said Hudson Park Primary School pastoral head and organiser, Morgan Lands.
The donation drive will take place on Monday and Tuesday next week. All are invited to become involved and donate any items they are willing to spare.
All donations must be sent to the Drama Room at Hudson Park High School, where the items will be sorted and sent to Knysna.
“On Tuesday afternoon we will decide how we will transport the goods, this depends mainly on the volume of stuff collected. We have plans in place for delivery to take place either late Tuesday or early Wednesday,” said Lands.

Honda and Kia Motors have also asked for the donation of items of relief such as clothing, blankets, towels, toiletries and non-perishable foods. The donations can be dropped off at Honda and Kia Motors, Old Transkei road.

These items will be taken to Knysna in a truck courtesy of TT Trucking.

Drop offs can be made all day Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Your generosity and kind-heartedness will be highly valued!

Contact person at Honda and Kia Motors is Ivan van der Linde on 072-160-5330 or email: Ivanderlinde@um.co.za

Hudson Park can be contacted on (043) 726-3220.

  • Aramex East London will be transport goods to the disaster areas of Knysna from today until Monday. Any clothes, blankets, disposable nappies, dog food etc can be dropped off at the Aramex East London warehouse. Please package it in bags. Their address is 10B Electron road Woodbrook.
    Should you require further information, you can contact Deon fromAramex on 071-438-2399.
    Even if you have a problem getting to Woodbrook but would like to donate, please contact me on 076-167-5171 and can make arrangements. #knysnafire
  • All human and animal food/aid parcels are being taken to Knysna free of charge by ITT (Intertown Transport). Parcels must be sealed and marked Knysna Relief Fund, and can be dropped at their depot in Frame Park, East London, Port Alfred depot or their PE depot.
  • Gonubie Primary EarlyAct Club will be collecting disaster relief aid items to be sent to those affected by the devastating fires in the Knysna area.
    They are in need of the following items:
    clothes, blankets, bottled water, non-perishable food, toiletries and even things for the shelter animals that have been evacuated.
    Even if it’s a tin of beans, every little bit counts! Please send any items to be donated to school by next week Wednesday (14 June 2017).
  • EL resident, Anco Barker, is also collecting for Knysna, focusing on babies and toddlers, many parcels have already been received. Grens High School and Nahoon Primary school are on board, helping with donations. There are drop off points in East London, Maclear and another in Uitenhage as well.
  • Buffalo Toyota in King William’s Town will be a drop of zone of anything that could help in these desperate time, you can drop anything off from clothes, non –perishable foods, Blankets anything. A truck will be delivering to Knysna to assist those who have lost so much … If you have any blankets, clothes, non perishables, etc that you can donate please drop off at BUFFALO TOYOTA KWT in Cambridge Road.  If you have anything that may help, please can you drop off at Buffalo Toyota KWT and we will pass it on.  If you have anything that you need collected please contact Mike Webb or myself on (043) 642-1530. Please could you forward this to as many contacts as you can. Thank you and God bless.
  •  S.A. Connection is willing to assist with transporting goods to Knysna/Plett. We have a drop off point at Rama’s -Shop no.6 Balfour Park Vincent.
  • East London Port Rex Lions are processing a donation of R50,000 towards the Knysna disaster relief. It will be used by fellow Lions in the area according to needs as assessed by our Lions Clubs from the affected areas. Our hearts go out to the many people who have lost so much over the past days of devastation. Our Lions on the ground in George, Knysna and Sedgefield have been very busy collecting goods and funds to assist and we salute them for their hard work.
  •  KataKoto Cupcakes would love the support of our fellow customers, friends, and familes, if they could kindly assist for the Relief for Knysna Campaign. Clothing (old, new, 2nd hand), blankets, non-perishable foods or anything that may be of use to assist those who have been affected by the wildfires. Please open your hearts and let us work together. In King, you can drop off at our home-store at 75 Thomas Street, OR at Buffalo Toyota on Cambridge. Ask for Mr. Mike Webb. East London, at Honda and Kia East London.

    Thank you KataKoto friends.




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