Gift of the Givers Acts Swiftly: R100,000 Raised in Under 24 Hours for Western Cape Flood Relief Homes in Sandvlei were flooded when the Eersterivier burst its banks. Photo: Ground Up via Creative Commons CC BY-ND 4.0

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Extensive areas of the Western Cape are currently grappling with the catastrophic aftermath of severe flooding, landslides, and rockfalls that began on September 16th and worsened over the long weekend spanning from Sunday, September 24th, to Monday, September 25th. These events have led to the complete closure of major routes leading into Cape Town.

The entire region has been thrust into turmoil as incessant rains wreaked havoc, overwhelming rivers, crippling infrastructure, causing power outages, and submerging homes.

Responding to the Crisis

In the face of this humanitarian crisis, Gift of the Givers has sprung into action, launching a crowdfunding campaign on Backabuddy that raised over R100,000 in less than 48 hours to aid those affected by the Western Cape floods. The situation on the ground remains dire, with access challenges caused by washed-out roads, unstable bridges, rockfalls, and uprooted trees. 

Communities in Botrivier, Caledon, Riviersonderend, Hermanus, De Doorns, Robertson, Ashton, Montague, and Ladysmith find themselves cut off from critical support. The disaster has left formal houses submerged, informal settlements washed away, vehicles displaced, and people’s possessions destroyed.

Urgent Needs: A Call to Action

The needs are vast, and every contribution counts. Urgently required supplies include sandbags, bottled water, hot meals, fortified foods, mattresses, blankets, new clothing, hygiene packs, sanitary pads, and diapers. Following these immediate needs, the recovery effort will require building materials, food parcels, stationery, and uniforms.

How to Help

Individuals who wish to make a meaningful contribution to support those in distress are encouraged to donate through Backabuddy. As a token of appreciation for their generosity, donors will be eligible to receive a Section 18A tax-deductible certificate issued by Gift of the Givers.

*BackaBuddy offers registered non-profit organisations a 0% platform fee, ensuring more funds reach beneficiaries directly.

The Western Cape community is facing a crisis of unprecedented proportions, and unity and support are critical at this time. Together, we can make a difference and help those affected rebuild their lives.

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