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GoFundMe — Fires in South Africa: Supplies

2022-12-19

Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/11/08

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George is a Dutch coastal city located in the Western Cape of South Africa. It is prone to veld fires during summer but intense heat waves have made it into a natural disaster. The fire is growing wilder by the minute and certain neighbourhoods are being evacuated now.

George is mainly made up of numerous pine forests, which have made it easy for the fires to spread. Firefighters have been working for the past couple of days to try and keep it out of control and a lot more are flocking into the city from other cities.

The local mountain, Outeniqua, has been on fire for about two weeks. At the moment, the fire department issued a statement saying that the public should not panic. That they not in danger at all.

There have been about 200 plus firefighters working relentlessly to bring the fires under control. They need donations of energy drinks, juices, and lip balm. Christians have been at the forefront of these donations.

They have turned this into a religious show. Our plan is to get donations, so we can also sponsor the firefighters as the non-religious community. This is a great way to show that you do not need God to be good.

Supplies are running very low at the moment. They have been urged to keep donations coming. Some asks:

$400 for supplies for firefighters (energy drinks, water, and lip balm).

$400 for sanitary products for the victims.

$400 baby products (milk formulas, diapers, and so on.).

$400 for pet food (donation to SPCA for all the sheltered animals)

$400 for blankets and some essential clothing.

No major damage to property and no fatalities. Many injuries reported. Clinics all remain open 24/7 with the hospital being over flooded. Hundreds of people are still in the community centres and will remain there until further notice.

However, the fires in the Knysna area escalated rapidly and already 8 lives lost, most of which are toddlers and babies, also one pregnant lady.

There are no fire damages to any of the houses at the moment. Gayleen Cornelius and Takudzwa Mazwienduna of Cornelius Press were advised to come and pack their stuff, which they have done.

Reports are very iffy at the moment. There are safe paths out of here for the two of them, at least; however, people that do not live in the area are causing major roadblocks. Potentially, everyone wants to see what is happening.

If Humanists and Atheists join their efforts to contribute to the firefighters’ plight, the cooperation will inspire our society and the act will be a living testament that we can be good without God.

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In-Sight Publishing by Scott Douglas Jacobsen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Based on a work at www.in-sightpublishing.com.

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