Fire relief

Fire 2017

In June 2017, a combination of drought, high temperatures, tinder-dry conditions and gale-force winds saw Knysna and its environs devastated by raging fires that took days to extinguish. Nine lives were tragically lost, hundreds lost their homes and all their belongings, thousands were evacuated.

People from all walks of life opened their doors and their hearts to provide support – food, clothing, water, shelter and comfort. KILT received generous support, enabling it to respond quickly and provide for school children through the schools themselves.

Some 224 children whose families lost everything in the fire each received a new pair of shoes from Tekkie Town, and school uniforms and essential clothing from PEP/Rotary.

Life Healthcare provided health kits for 12 500 learners and staff in the 13 schools at that time within the KILT initiative. Kloppers Knysna provided storage and transport, and helped manage the distribution of goods received.

KILT’s ability, not only to provide some support to the children who lost everything in the fire, but also to donate a winter scarf and beanie to the 12 500 children, their teachers and administration staff, made a huge impact. Everyone felt that their traumatic experience of the fire, directly or indirectly, was recognised and that each child mattered.