Gift of the Givers Knysna Update

The better part of yesterday was spent in logistical, transport and warehousing arrangements to ensure an effective intervention to support the people of Knysna. The outpouring of public support is a testimony to the unity and humanity of our nation. When it comes to issues of critical importance ordinary South Africans never fail each other as a nation. The spirit of Ubuntu, generosity and social consciousness has also been admirably driven by the media houses in the country. Corporates are showing their mettle and steadily coming forward. Gift of the Givers is proudly South African and ever grateful to all our people for their generous support be it cash, kind, prayer or just words of encouragement.

It has taken a full 24 hours but our systems are in place now. Ten of our emergency services specialists, ambulances, supply trucks and support personnel are now in Knysna. Shoprite-Checkers has given us a massive two storey parking facility with security to "warehouse" supplies coming from companies or the public, and has contributed large volumes of items in kind to us. Gift of the Givers has brought 32 tons of bottled water, blankets, diapers, food items and tents. Makro and Game have dispatched six trucks carrying tinned food, bottled water, dry rations and blankets to us. Woolworths has contributed R500 000 in cash and has tons of items in kind for us to collect. Outsurance has donated R250 000 in cash and has challenged other insurance companies to do something similar. Mutual and Federal have responded with R400 000. Discovery has given us R375 000 and expect another R200 000 from Vitality members. The Australian High Commission has offered R250 000 and the world renowned international charity, Oxfam, has given us R60 000. Kulula has offered free tickets for our personnel and free delivery of our cargo from Cape Town or Johannesburg. ABSA and many other companies have indicated that contributions will be forthcoming soon. The support from the ordinary public in cash and kind has been simply awe inspiring. All cash contributions to Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg, Account number 052137228, Branch Code 057525, ref: Knysna. Send deposit slip to  For details call us toll-free on 0800786911, visit or Facebook and Twitter @GiftoftheGivers.

The one specific challenge facing us is to find missing persons. Thus far families have contacted us indicating that their members are missing. If anyone is aware of the whereabouts of Laurence McGorian (80), Carol Hendey (90) and Renier Kok (28) and his wife Alicia Horn (21) please inform us so that we could put these families at ease. We will dedicate our team to trace the whereabouts of these people as one of our essential responsibilities. Please send any similar request by sms to the cell number below.
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