The Devastating Knysna Fires

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As most of you are aware, there are currently massive fires raging across Knysna and Plettenberg Bay at the moment and are causing a huge amount of damage. These wild fires have decimated houses, nature and heartbreakingly some of the establishment listed with us. This has caused utter chaos along the Garden Route and more than 10 000 people have been evacuated.  The fires are being fanned by the winds of the devastating storm (#capestorm) that has hit the Western Cape, the largest it has seen in 30 years. It has been reported by The Citizen News outlet that 5 people have already lost their lives due to this catastrophe, and that 30 fires are still raging across the town.

Firefighting teams are working tirelessly to stop the damage and control the fire, and hopefully, with the help of the South African Defence Force who have been dispatched to assist them, they will be able to bring an end to this terror. Known damage has been reported in Belvidere, Knysna Heights, Brenton-on-Lake and Pezula, and the residents of Knysna have taken refuge at the Knysna Yacht Club. They have faced a traumatic time and many other organizations are rallying together to lend a helping hand to those in need, namely The Plettenberg Bay Primary School has been identified as an evacuation point and the CrossFit Plett box have offered shelter for those who need it. The Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is open to receive displaced animals.

You too can help, as reported by the KnysnaPlett Herald, people who want to make cash donations, can phone Louise Hook from Eden Disaster Management on 044 803 1341.

If you are in George, items can also be dropped off at:

* Eden District Fire Station based at 17 Pioneer Street, Pacaltsdorp Industria (opposite Tyre & Tread).
* 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 are:
* Knysna Fire Department, Waterfront Drive; and
* Metelerkamps, 3 Union Street, Waterfront Drive, (opposite Knysna Fire Department).

Alternatively, visit this page (CLICK HERE) to find out where you can donate as well.

Our thoughts and prayers from the Sleeping-OUT and Dining-OUT Teams are with all those affected.

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