Ending the water crisis

2016-02-02 06:00
Some of the water that was collected. Photo: supplied

Some of the water that was collected. Photo: supplied

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UPPER Highway resident Graham Richmond social media plea to aid his cause of ending the water crisis in Vryheid has been welcomed by the community with donations flooding in.

Speaking to the Fever, Richmond said that he in his Tuesday morning routine- dropping off kids at school and tackling traffic enroute to work, when he heard a plea over the radio of a gentleman in Vryheid; expressing the angst in the drought stricken town.

“The man explained that even the hospital was out of water and that they were desperate for anyone to aid them through this unforeseen crisis. It crossed my mind that not once that morning had I had to concern myself with the source of my family's next glass of water,” said Richmond.

“I’ve had experiences in the past where I have reached out to the Upper Highway community for help on projects and the feedback would always be supportive. I took to Facebook and put out an appeal asking the community if we could come together and gather, roughly, a thousand 5l bottles of water and get them to the people of Vryheid.”

Richmond said that within minutes he had encouraging responses from individuals and companies all wanting to contribute to the cause.

“All together the response has been overwhelming with the added generosity of Nedbank Kloof, Tina's Hotel, Makaranga Lodge and Care Bears Wonderland who all took on the responsibility of becoming collection points for this project,” he said.

“On top of that, Alpine Motors in Pinetown has offered to help transport the five-thousand litres to Vryheid. I cannot express my gratitude enough to the Upper Highway Info Facebook page. It's inspiring how everyone comes together in outreach to make a positive change where ever we can.”

The water will be delivered on Wednesday.

It's inspiring how everyone comes together in outreach to make a positive change where ever we can.

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