Working together we can help more

THE Gandhi Walk Committee (GWC), together with JYM Sound & Lighting (JYM), partnered with Community Relief Foundation (CRF) and Operation Hydrate (OH), to jointly host a relief collection initiative on June 11.

The GWC hosted and co-ordinated collections for Lenasia at Gandhi Hall, while JYM co-ordinated collections from Mayfair and Aspen Hills Nature Estate. Items collected are for distribution to families and animals displaced by the fires in Knysna, which have ravaged most of the areas stretching from the north of Knysna to George.

“This was a collaborative effort on short notice and the community had heeded the call to contribute items of need for disaster relief. The Gandhi Walk motto of a Community in Unity was truly evident as companies, groups and individuals across different religious and race groups made their way to the advertised drop-off points and supported the cause, and was truly humbling,” said Chairman of the Gandhi Walk Committee, Amit Parbhucharan.

JYM was instrumental in expanding the reach beyond just Lenasia, and coordinated collections at Mayfair Cultural Centre and the Aspen Hill Club House.

The initiative can be counted as a huge success, with a total estimated 20 tons of items collected and packed on June 12 by community volunteers, onto the large super-link truck from NACE Logistics, which is now en route to the relief distribution centre in Knysna. This included a thousand-litre drinking water contribution to OH by the GWC, kindly donated by the Cursedji family, and a staggering 4 600 nappies plus 19 000 individual baby wipes from Lil Masters.

Some 22 volunteers and members from CRF and OH are currently in Knysna, all assisting with relief efforts there and will co-ordinate the distribution of items to those in need. Shaheen Theba from CRF advises that both OH and CRF plan to concentrate on delivering drinking water and contributed items to affected areas over the next few weeks, as infrastructure has been badly affected by the fires.

“Operation Hydrate would like to thank the GWC, JYM and communities of Lenasia, Mayfair, Aspen Hills and Zakariyya Park for their generous contributions towards the campaign to assist the residents of Knysna. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. It is heart-warming to see that the spirit of humanity is still very much alive among us ordinary citizens,” added Mahomed Azhar Bulbulia of OH.

The Gandhi Walk Committee, JYM, OH and CRF expresses its gratitude to the community and volunteers, as well as Lethal Forces, for the overnight security provided at Gandhi Hall and NACE Logistics for the transportation of 20 tons of contributed items to Knysna.

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