The #ImStaying crowdfund for drought relief in Williston has started sending through life-saving donations after R237,445.39 was raised.
Over the past nine years, this area has received only 13 ml of rain. The severe lack of water has seen farms dry up, killing off all vegetation. This has created a lack of food for livestock and thousands of animals have died from starvation.
Sheep farmers around Williston face a tough choice: either truck in costly feed to keep their animals alive or slaughter much of their stock.
Starving farmworkers are no longer working for a salary, but rather exchanging their labour for food to feed their families. This broken community has no way out and are turning to their remaining livestock as a source of food.
As one of the largest online communities on the African continent #ImStaying members have a real chance to make an impact in the lives of this community by way of donating money to this Backabuddy fund which was created to buy food, water and toiletries.
#ImStaying is a Facebook group dedicated to the South African women and men of all races, cultures, religions and creeds who remain loyal to South Africa. The group was created to honour all those who still believe that we, as a nation, can turn things around.
The Farmers Aid NPC has now received the money and has driven much-needed donations to the drought-stricken area.