Miss SA crowd­funds for fire af­fected

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - NOKUTHULA ZWANE nokuthula.zwane@inl.co.za @Zwane_2li2ls

MISS SA, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, was to­day ex­pected to visit a num­ber of Gar­den Route and Knysna ar­eas af­fected by the dev­as­tat­ing fires and give her sup­port.

The beauty queen was due to fly to Knysna to­day to as­sist the an­guished fam­i­lies left des­ti­tute af­ter dev­as­tat­ing fires that claimed the lives of seven peo­ple and left thou­sands dis­placed.

“I grew up in Sedge­field, which is in the heart of the area along the Gar­den Route that has been rav­aged by fire. I want to per­son­ally visit com­mu­ni­ties in both Knysna and Sedge­field and help where I can.

“My heart goes out to all those who have been af­fected,” she told The Star yes­ter­day, also ap­plaud­ing South Africans who have helped.

“It is a time when com­mu­ni­ties have to come to­gether and help each other,” she said.

She has col­lab­o­rated with Cell C, Sun In­ter­na­tional and Back­abuddy, the lo­cal crowd­fund­ing cam­paign, to raise more than R600 000 for the Knysna/Gar­den Route fire re­lief ini­tia­tive. This was af­ter she made a guest ap­pear­ance on 947ex­press with Dar­ren “Whack­head” Simp­son.

A fund has al­ready been set up by the Sedge­field Li­ons.

“I there­fore ask all of those who would like to as­sist to help me help those who have lost their homes and all their worldly pos­ses­sions,” said Nel-Peters.

Back­abuddy was founded in 2007 by the late Al­lan John Beuthin and taken over by Patrick Schofield in 2015. To con­trib­ute, go to https://www.back­abuddy. co.za/for-knysna

PIC­TURE: JACQUES DU PREEZ

With the help of hun­dreds of South Africans, Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh NelPeters has helped raise more than R600 000 for a Knysna/Gar­den Route fire re­lief ini­tia­tive.

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