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After the Deluge - Help in the Helderberg

November 21, 2013 By:
Well, the storm passed and as with any crisis, some good shone out from the destruction. Look at this, from Facebook:
 
Anton Van Den Eijkel - MARK THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR..... 16 NOVEMBER 2013 IS THE DAY, THE HELDERBERG BECAME , NOT ONLY A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO LIVE, BUT THE DAY WE BECAME A ....... COMMUNITY !!!!! Source
 
Local people quickly formed an informal network via Facebook, largely under the encouragement and co-ordination of Leone Murray, to sort out refuge for the Kay's Caravan Park and other evacuees, feed them, clothe them, and then start collecting goods to replace those lost. The community's washing machines have also been whirling non stop, to clean the mud from the evacuees' clothes and linen. Gordon's Bay Animal Welfare was evacuated and the animals taken care of by the community too, when a Sir Lowry's dam threatened to burst its banks. People leapt to assist at the flooded Vergelegen Mediclinic - picture dramatic (and real) scenes, like the mother who'd given birth 20 minutes earlier being wheeled out of a maternity ward literally knee deep in water.
 
If you want to help those who lost their homes and everything in them:
 
All furniture and electrical appliance donations for Kay's Caravan park residents can now be dropped at BuCo in Somerset West (cnr Victoria and Wolf Miller). Clothing donations can be taken to 24 Firs road, Westridge. 
 
Shivorne Vonnas said:
 
Due to the Heldberg's flash floods which happened on Friday and Saturday many people have lost almost all their belongings. Let us as a community go through our homes and garages and take out ALL the items that we don't use any longer. 

I'm collecting for victims outside of Kay's that have also suffered by the floods. If you have a kettle, toaster, 2 plate hot plate, iron, ironingboard, cutlery, plates, dishes, glasses, bedding, beds, floor covering be it mats/ carpets or vinyl. Just anything you have which you don't use any longer. Then we need non perishable food, diapers for babies and adults, clothing for whole families. From birth right the way up to whatever sizes are available. School shoes and clothes as well as school. Cases and stationary. PLEASE let you head loose and think of anything a person uses. Cleaning stuff like brooms, mops, buckets, dish liquid, handy andy, jik, washing powder, sta soft.

I'm making my home in Beach Rd Strand a drop off point and I will be accepting drop offs from 06h00. Phone 0848764896 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
 
Somerset West also has a Neighbourhood Watch association, to supplement the usual bodies.

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