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Emergency fund

March 17, 2017 deur Admin

How can you help?

If you want to contribute to the emergency fund, send “Nood” per SMS to 38312 (R10 per SMS) or make a donation by using the following banking details:

Account name: AfriForum NPC

Account number: 62349898398

Branch name: FNB Centurion

Branch code: 26155

Reference: NOOD

“AfriForum’s power lies in communities and what we can achieve by standing together. During emergencies communities have to stand together,” says Guido Urlings, Campaign Officer at AfriForum.

Since establishing the emergency fund, AfriForum has been successful with the following emergency initiatives that have been funded from the emergency fund:

 Knysna fires

AfriForum offers help to this area in the Western Cape that suffered the most in the recent devastating fires.

The emergency fund allowed AfriForum to do the following:

  • Dr David Klatzow, renowned forensic scientist, is investigating the cause of the Knysna fire on AfriForum’s behalf;
  • AfriForum and Solidarity Helping Hand launched a collection project for residents of Knysna;
  • In cooperation with provincial disaster management teams, AfriForum identified additional points where auxiliary goods could be delivered;
  • AfriForum and Agritrans delivered a large number of donations at Knysna Primary School to bring relief to residents who were affected by the fires in and around Knysna;
  • AfriForum’s trauma unit supported victims; and
  • AfriForum’s trauma unit plans to return for follow-up and first visits to victims.

Water for Calvinia

AfriForum brought relief to Calvinia by donating water and fodder to the community as the town’s dam water levels still cannot support the town’s water needs despite widespread showers. With this action, the emergency fund helped to send 15 trucks with 400 000 litres of water, 300 bales of fodder and 100 bags of potatoes to Calvinia’s community. These trucks travelled almost 9 750 km at a diesel cost of just more than R320 000.

Drought relief

In 2016 and 2017 the emergency fund helped to donate fodder to farmers in drought-stricken parts across South Africa. Seventeen trucks were used to deliver 510 tonnes of fodder, and travel almost 8 200 km in 76 hours.

“We want to encourage people to contribute to the fund, because we believe that such a fund empowers more people to make a contribution,” says Ian Cameron, AfriForum’s Head of Community Safety.