Gift of the Givers uplifts 4000 students displaced by devastating Cape Town fires

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On the 18th of April 2021, a devastating vegetation fire quickly spread towards the University of Cape Town, destroying iconic landmarks, including Rhodes Memorial’s restaurant, Mostert Mill, the UCT library as well as residences and upper campus buildings.

Tasked with providing food and other essentials items to over 4000 students that have been displaced and affected by the blaze, The Gift of the Givers have launched a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy, to assist the Cape Town community in rising from the ashes.

The Gift of the Givers

In less than 12 hours, generous donors both locally and internationally, have contributed over R64 000 towards their fundraising target of R250 000 to support their various relief efforts.

With great joy, The Gift of the Givers team and volunteers in their numbers, have begun cooking, packaging and distributing meals door-to-door to help those in need.

The Gift of the Givers

While the full extent of what is needed is currently being assessed, the requests for soap, toothpaste and personal hygiene items have been overwhelming, says Dr Imtiaz Sooliman – Founder of The Gift of the Givers

How you can help

Make a donation to the Gift of the Givers on BackaBuddy by donating here:

All donors will be eligible for a Section 18A tax benefit certificate.

Donations in Kind

If you would like to donate items in kind, visit the Old Mutual West Campus, 91 Jan Smuts Drive, Pinelands.

Items required are as follows:

  • Water, Powerade, Energade, juices, cool drinks, biscuits, energy bars, muffins, tea, coffee, long-life milk, sugar, rice, beans, oil, noodles, salt, spices, cereals, eggs, butter, jam, cheese and bread.
  • Soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet rolls, sanitary pads and hand sanitiser are essential personal hygiene requests.

Create a crowdfunding campaign

South Africa’s leading crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy has supported more than 10 000+ individuals and charities in setting up fundraising campaigns for medical fees, tuition and various causes in South Africa. The platform has thus far raised over R200 Million.

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