South African expat from UK raises R300 000 to assist victims of Knysna Fire

A South African expat living in the UK has managed to raise over R300 000 to assist victims of the Knysna Fire.

Natalie Grundlingh, a South African living in the UK started a Crowd-Funding page which has raised more the R300 000 (£18 000) in just 2 days.

“Hi, I’m Natalie – just an average woman from a small town in the Western Cape of South Africa, called Knysna.”

“Knysna is not only a paradise for its locals, it’s appreciated by many South Africans during holidays and thousands of international tourists visiting the garden route.”

On the 7th of June 2017 Knysna was ravaged by fires and this idyllic town was burnt to the ground. Families have lost their homes, livilhoods and are left hopeless, helpless and homeless.

“I’m a fifth generation “Knysnarian” and it is therefore my duty to stand up for this town I’ve called home for 34 years, to help rebuild a town that has lost schools most of our parents and even some of our grandparents went to, lost churches that unite communities, lost businesses that have survived economic hardships, lost homes that have housed generations, hosted children’s birthdays, accommodated visiting families and sleepovers.”

“If walls could talk surely there would be no more entertaining stories than those of the walls of the building of Knysna which are now lost.”

“All I ask is for a little help for the people I’ve shared most of my life with because they are all a hardworking, accepting, welcoming community and are now more deserving than most.”

“Give what you can, if you can so we can rebuild this little piece of paradise.”

“All funds donated to this campaign will be used for the people of Knysna, specifically for relief of this disaster (via the local NSRI and Rotary) as well as the local animal welfare (KAWS).”

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