SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS - Georgians who would like to donate warm clothes, blankets and food for victims of the Knysna fires, can drop these off at the operations coordination centre at 5B Commercial Close (near Styles) set up by the Lions Club and Georgiete Staan Saam.
Financial donations can be deposited into the account of the NGO, Liefde Wen. The details are as follows:
Account name: Liefde Wen
First National Bank
Account number 625 936 245 73
Code 072 149 74
Donors must use the reference GRR plus their name. GRR stands for Garden Route Relief.
Liefde Wen is a national NGO. Phone Sean Snyman from the Lions for more information on 072 908 3413. The coordination efforts of donations were launched by several organisations, including the Lions, Georgiete Staan Saam and Amiici.
Financial donations can also be made to the Emergency Fund created by Eden District Municipality. Banking details are as follows:
Account Name: Eden District Municipality
Cheque Account No: 401 719 790
Bank: Standard Bank
Branch Code: 05 2 14
For more information regarding donations, please contact Eden District Municipality’s Communication Unit:
Marillia Veldkornet - 044-803 1467 / 081 426 9097
Marlene Nqumse - 044-803 1429 / 081 442 6886
Snyman said the biggest need now is "lots and lots of food" and warm clothes and blankets, or even towels that can be used to wrap children.
"The need for accommodation is secondary. Most of the people who have been evacuated have already found a place to stay. We will be coordinating with Eden Disaster Management to get a list of where each evacuee is being accommodated as we are getting lots of calls from people looking for friends or family," said Snyman.
"We urge people not to drive to Knysna with donations on their own. It will be chaos. Rather bring your donations to us. We are sending vehicles in convoy. People with bakkies are welcome to come to us and drive through as part of a convoy. We are keeping record of where everything is taken to."
People who want to make cash donations, can also phone Louise Hook from Eden Disaster Management on 044 803 1341.
In George, items can also be dropped off at:
* George Herald: 72 York Street or 13 Ring Road, George Industria;
* Methodist Church, Plantation Road, Glenbarrie;
* Bergsig Dutch Reformed Church, corner of Meyer and Fourth Street; and
* Bergsig Neighbourhood Watch office, corner of Knysna Road and Fifth Street;
* Kraaibosch Shell Garage; and
* Curro Castle George.
In surrounding towns, items can be dropped off at the Group Editors newspapers:
* Mossel Bay Advertiser, 9 Kerk Street, Mossel Bay;
* Knysna Plett Herald: 19 Spring Street, Knysna or 6 Park Lane, Plettenberg Bay;
* South Cape Forum, 29 Heidelberg Road, Riversdal;
* Oudtshoorn Courant, 70 Voortrekker Road, Oudtshoorn;
* Graaff-Reinet Advertiser, 11 Kerk Street, Graaff-Reinet.
Other drop-off points in Knysna:
* Knysna Fire Department, Waterfront Drive; and
* Metelerkamps, 3 Union Street, Waterfront Drive, (opposite Knysna Fire Department).
George Hospital on standby
Dr Zilla North from the George Hospital said they are on standby to assist with emergencies from Knysna.
"Knysna Hospital survived, but has been evacuated to Knysna Life Hospital. George Hospital is ready to assist and we ask the public not to access health services for elective appointments or non-urgent issues today."
The Eden Disaster Call Centre can also be contacted for queries regarding aid initiatives: 044 805 5071 or email@example.com.
IMPORTANT REQUEST: People are urged not to drive to Knysna and Plettenberg Bay unless it is an emergency.
The roads need to be kept open for emergency services.
Please rather try and assist in your own town.