SA kids use their savings to contribute to R9.6m for Syrian children

2016-12-28 14:23
A Syrian boy awaits treatment at a make-shift hospital following air strikes on rebel-held eastern areas of Aleppo. (File, AFP)

A Syrian boy awaits treatment at a make-shift hospital following air strikes on rebel-held eastern areas of Aleppo. (File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The pain-etched faces of Syrian children covered in blood touched South African children and drove them to donate their piggy bank savings to their Middle Eastern counterparts.

South African children were the largest number of donors that contributed to the R9.6m collected within a week as part of Operation SA, social activist Yusuf Abramjee said on Wednesday.  

"A large number of donors are children, children calling in, children saying I'm taking my R50 money box and you can take the money from my spending money," Abramjee said. 

One child, who called during a multi-channel pledge on ITV, donated R600 of their spending money to the people of Syria. 

In another heartwarming story, a family who had planned a trip worth R15 000 decided to rather donate the money to help Syrians. 

"This tells you we are a loving nation, we are a caring nation. We are a nation with heart. People decided to dig deep and to donate purely for humanitarian effort."

Abramjee said Operation SA had decided to move with urgency to aid Syrians. It gave out its first R9.6m to different charity organisations.

He appealed to charities to use the money to urgently to help the people in the war-torn country.

"My appeal to the charities today: there is no time to hoard money in your bank accounts... We hope you are going to use this money and report back to the people of South Africa on how the money was used."

The charity organisations which were tasked to help the people of Syria with the donations, included Islamic Relief SA, Jamiatul Ulama SA, Jamiatul Ulama KZN, Africa Muslim Agency, Al Quds Foundation, and the Al Imdaad Foundation. 

Each of the beneficiary organisations received R1m, with the exception of the Al Imdaad Foundation which received a little over R3m. 

Read more on:    syria  |  donations

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.


How to get rid of fleas

Before you call in the pricey exterminators, try this DIY approach that promises to get your flea problem under control.



12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Do you know what you are feeding your dog?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.