Gift of the Givers Jump Into Action to Assist Anyone Impacted by the Cape Town Fires - Here is How You can Help!
Photo Cred: Gift of the Givers

Gift of the Givers has been requested to provide three meals per day for the next seven days, a task they welcome with great joy, serving the future leaders of our nation.

 

Western Cape, South Africa (19 April 2021) – The Gift of the Givers Foundation has jumped into action to assist anyone and everyone impacted by the Cape Town fires!

The Gift of the Givers Foundation is the largest disaster response, non-governmental organisation of African origin on the African continent. It works to unite people with a common vision to make a real and telling difference by serving humankind for the ‘Greater Good’.

Gift of the Givers Jump Into Action to Assist Anyone Impacted by the Cape Town Fires - Here is How You can Help!
Photo Cred: Gift of the Givers

As raging wildfires ravage the eastern side of Table Mountain, South Africans are rallying together to try to help the frontline firefighters and anyone impacted by the blaze!

“Words of praise for the UCT Council who moved swiftly to take care of their students finding alternative accommodation for four thousand students, an amazing feat in a short space of time. The firefighters have been incredible, an indomitable spirit to take on the headwinds and challenges head-on. Our prayers for the four brave individuals hospitalised, the seventy on the mountain tonight and collectively the 160 and helicopter crews involved in this risky battle with the force of nature.”

Gift of the Givers has been requested to provide three meals per day for the next seven days, a task they welcome with great joy, serving the future leaders of our nation.

“The cook was amazing, got his team together at short notice, purchased ingredients late Sunday afternoon, cleaned, cut, prepared and cooked chicken, mutton and vegetable akni to accommodate diverse dietary requirements as best we could. The volunteers came in their numbers to the Gift of the Givers office at 8 pm to package the meals, while our medical teams emphasised social distancing (COVID-19 hasn’t gone anywhere) and even lent a hand at dishing out. Meals were delivered door to door at the various hotels. The requests for soap, toothpaste and personal hygiene items are overwhelming.”

Gift of the Givers teams will visit all accommodation sites this morning to assess needs first hand whilst volunteers will prepare meals at Old Mutual West Campus, 91 Jan Smuts Drive, Pinelands. The building has been generously offered to Gift of the Givers to collect all food and water items (no clothing required) and a kitchen to prepare the meals three times a day.

Gift of the Givers Jump Into Action to Assist Anyone Impacted by the Cape Town Fires - Here is How You can Help!
Photo Cred: Gift of the Givers

Items required include:

  • Water
  • Powerade
  • Energade
  • Juices
  • Cooldrinks
  • Biscuits
  • Energy Bars
  • Muffins
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Longlife Milk
  • Sugar
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Oil
  • Noodles
  • Salt
  • Spices
  • Cereals
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Jam
  • Cheese
  • Bread
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toilet Rolls
  • Sanitary Pads
  • Hand Sanitiser

Gift of the Givers will provide protective masks. The requirement for blankets, linen and towels is yet to be determined. Cash contributions will be used for the purchase of chicken, meat and fish. You can donate via their BackaBuddy crowdfund here or using the details below for a direct deposit.

Deposit into:

Gift of the Givers
Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg
Account number 052137228,
Branch Code 057525
Ref: UCT Fire

For Section 18A tax benefit certificate, send deposit slip to donations@giftofthegivers.org. For details on the intervention, call toll-free 0800786911.

Massmart, Engen SA, TFG-The Foschini Group, WOOLWORTHS, Pick n Pay, Shoprite South Africa, Pioneer Foods and Coca-Cola have already offered assistance. Uber are willing to transport students and deliver meals.

“The spirit of ubuntu nationwide is exhilarating. Thank you, South Africa!”


Sources: Gift of the Givers 
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