Scouts collect 20 tons in relief for Knysna fire victims
HILLCREST – In a community drive, the 1st Hillcrest Scout & Guide Group collected approximately 20 tons of supplies for victims effected by the Knysna fires.
Volunteers packed up 814 boxes of supplies after collecting items through a community drive. On Saturday, June, 17, a 12 ton truck from The Gift of the Givers quickly filled up with supplies to transport to Knysna and a eight ton truck was also filled with the excess of items. “We would like to thank the 1st Hillcrest Scout & Guide Group for their support during a time of need,” said Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, chairman and founder of The Gift of the Givers.
The supplies were sent to a distribution point in Knysna to be sorted and sent to the needy. The boxes contained clothing, blankets, food, water, dog food, dog blankets and kitchen appliances. “You name it- we packed it,” said Scout and Brownies leader Anthea Rawlins who was the primary organiser of the drive. Rawlins was inspired to do something to help when she saw the extent of damage caused by the fires. “I watched in horror online what these poor people we going through, and smsed our committee that we should do a collection for Knysna,” said Rawlins. after sending out an appeal on social media, donations started to pour in.
The initiative created a spirit of unity within the community as volunteers worked together. “Our Brownies and Guides really got involved and helped sort shoes and make sure everyone had a pair, they also came in in the evening and made up the boxes ready for the next days packing,” said Rawlins. Local companies pitched in with packing supplies and volunteers joined in the efforts. “We had ladies who could not bend, make sandwiches and bring them round for the workers, from one small appeal we are truly blessed to have such a giving and generous community,” said Rawlins.
The goods were picked up last Saturday to be delivered to the Knysna warehouse,