#Dur­banFlood­sRelief a big suc­cess

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THE Mer­cury thanks read­ers for the out­pour­ing of sup­port for the #Dur­banFlood­sRelief ini­tia­tive.

The col­lec­tion is now closed, with the pub­lic hav­ing contributed non-per­ish­able food­stuffs, blan­kets and toi­letries to the col­lec­tion drive for those af­fected by the #Dur­banS­torm ear­lier this month.

The items col­lected were do­nated to the De­nis Hur­ley Cen­tre and the St Martin’s Dioce­san Home for Chil­dren.

They in­cluded 108 blan­kets and 86 scarves, all made with love by “knitwits” who are part of the 67 Blan­kets for Nel­son Man­dela Day ini­tia­tive in KwaZulu-Natal.

St Martin’s prin­ci­pal Ishara Pood­hun said she was grate­ful for the sup­port in­clud­ing that which came in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of the storm, which left the home flooded.

Al­ready un­der­funded, the home is look­ing to make re­pairs to dam­age caused by the flood­ing and do work on the grounds to pre­vent their be­low road level premises from be­ing flooded again.

The home looks af­ter al­most 80 vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren, aged be­tween 3 and 18 years old, who would oth­er­wise have nowhere else to go.

De­nis Hur­ley Cen­tre’s direc­tor Ray­mond Per­rier said they were de­lighted at the generosity of The Mer­cury’s read­ers.

He said the items will be used to help home­less peo­ple who saw all their be­long­ings washed away in the floods. – Mer­cury Re­porter

The ‘knitwits’ from 67 Blan­kets for Nel­son Man­dela Day bring their do­na­tion of more than 100 blan­kets to the St Martin’s Dioce­san Home for Chil­dren which was flooded dur­ing the #Dur­banS­torm. PIC­TURE: DOC­TOR NG­COBO

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