Fund works quietly in the background
Paula Witney, Knysna:
I think that everyone in Knysna should salute the many organisations who responded so overwhelmingly in giving out necessary goods to help those people who lost everything in the fire in June – in particular those who did not have insurance cover. Most of these projects have now almost come to an end as demand has lessened.
Unfortunately, house fires are a frequent occurrence in the townships mainly because the shacks are so flimsy and the occupants use candles for lighting, and open fires for cooking.
However there is a charity that has been operating quietly in the background since the early ‘60s called the Knysna Women’s Association Disaster Fund.
Since its inception, a working party of Knysna ladies supported the local families who had fallen on hard times, helping out with food parcels and baby formula, and taxi fare to visit family members who were forced to stay in George in the hospital or prison.
Over the years these needs have changed and the main focus for some years has been to help people who have lost their homes and belongings and supply them with bedding, kitchenware, clothing – all the essentials to start over again.
From the community, this disaster fund receives gifts of bed linen and clothing, and with the small donations of money they purchase pots, pans crockery, cutlery etc.
They do not receive any government grants nor lotto funds and rely on the kindness of people who care.
They work closely with the Child Welfare SA-Knysna.
I thought it was well worth drawing attention to this small local charity and to highlight the invaluable help they give to the poorer section of our community. Help in any way would be a boon in order for them to carry on their valuable work. They would also welcome new volunteers as some of the ladies have been tirelessly working since the inception – in particular their chairperson Daphne Hennessy.
Should you wish to help, Daphne’s telephone number is 044 384 0075. Donations can be dropped off at Child Welfare in Waterfront drive (very close to Food Lover’s Market).
Their bank details are Nedbank Knysna savings account no. 2711027392.
They deserve our help so please remember our local Disaster fund .