W­hat re­al c­ha­ri­ty is all a­bout

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Letters | Briewe -

“Hu­ma­ni­ta­ri­an” wri­tes:

I ha­ve no words that can suf­fi­cient­ly ex­press how gra­te­ful and proud we should be for ha­ving such a pro­fes­si­o­nal and ca­ring or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on as Gift of the Gi­vers co­me to our aid in the gre­a­test hour of need in Knys­na’s his­to­ry.

“The Knys­na Fi­re has been the most com­pre­hen­si­ve di­sas­ter re­spon­se in our 20-y­e­ar his­to­ry,” said its foun­der, me­di­cal practi­ti­o­ner Dr Im­ti­az Sool­i­man.

I le­ar­ned from the Ca­pe Ti­mes of F­ri­day, Ju­ly 7 that Gift of the Gi­vers has al­re­a­dy ex­pen­ded R20-mil­li­on on re­lief on the stric­ken to­wn. With a furt­her R5-mil­li­on from Stan­dard Bank and R3-mil­li­on from Glo­bal Roof­ing So­lu­ti­ons, plans to re­build RDP hou­ses ha­ve al­re­a­dy be­gun. Furt­her aid in the form of food par­cels, clo­thing, blan­kets, hy­gie­ne packs, and clot­hes, as well as ne­ces­sa­ry hou­se­hold i­tems, ha­ve al­re­a­dy been dis­tri­bu­ted, pro­fes­si­o­nal­ly and with ca­re to o­ver 12 000 re­ci­pients.

Per­haps Dr Sool­i­man is a Mus­lim. Does it mat­ter? I am ho­ping that the s­mall band of Knys­na pe­op­le so af­raid of al­lo­wing a mosque in Knys­na to al­low pe­a­ce-lo­ving Mus­lims to wors­hip and mo­re im­por­tant­ly, to feel wel­co­me in our to­wn, may now find a chan­ge of he­art w­hen t­hey see w­hat re­al c­ha­ri­ty is all a­bout.

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