Last week saw the town of Knysna, South Africa, devastated by one of the biggest forest fires in recent history. It began in the middle of the night on Tuesday 6th June. While authorities have been working to contain the fires, at time of writing they are still burning.
At least 10,000 people have lost their homes.
They have no immediate shelter or place to head back to once the chaos has finished. Temporary shelters were built at the start of the fire for those displaced; but even those have now been destroyed.
With the blaze almost contained, now is the time for the people of Knysna to rebuild. South Africa’s biggest banks have come together to provide 20 million Rand (approximately £1 million) for aid and opened up their branches as shelters for anyone left homeless.
Josh Pieters and Caspar Lee were both born and raised in Knysna.
On Saturday they launched this appeal through GoFundMe. Right now the target of £15,000 looks to be beaten at any minute; but there is still so much more to be done.
Although the footage and testimonials from those caught up in this disaster are harrowing, it is inspirational to see the youtube community come together like this. Over 1,000 people have donated to the GoFundMe so far, making for an average donation of about £14. Whatever you can spare adds up, and will make a real difference helping Knysna recover in the months to come.
You can donate to the GoFundMe here.
All donations go directly to those affected by the calamity and to providing them with food, shelter and more. Further details about exactly what your donations will be put towards are set to come out later today.