Field’s Hill victims get a helping hand

2013-10-16 00:00

“THE needs are great! No one actually realises how this horrific accident has affected each and every family.”

This is according to Karen Dreyer Janisch, who has taken it upon her shoulders to help the victims of the gruesome Field’s Hill accident that killed 23 people last month.

Janisch, a theatre nurse at the Hillcrest Private Hospital in Pinetown and a mother of two teenagers, said she could not just fold her arms after the tragedy struck, and the Field’s Hill Helping Hands was born.

“The main motivation behind our impulsive decision to assist the survivors and families of the deceased was that we travel up and down Field’s Hill every day and the reality is that it could have been me and my family,” said Janisch.

She said many of the survivors are still recovering from serious injuries, and babies that need to be fed.

The Field’s Hill Helping Hands group relies on the public for donations such as food and clothes.

They distribute non-perishable food items weekly and feed 40 family members a week.

Janisch, who has visited most of the family members and seen their pain, said most of the victims were breadwinners. Many have lost their jobs as they are unable to work due to injuries or need to take care of their family members.

“So it is a big worry for them where finances will come from. They are very aware that the weekly food parcels will not be provided on a long-term basis and that it will eventually stop, but they are ever so grateful for the provision for as long as it lasts, as it is one less thing to worry about,” she added.

She said the support from the public has been amazing and their aim is to provide healing and recovery for all families, of both survivors and those who died. Janisch said she is part of an “awesome team” working together.

They are also trying to raise funds to pay the affected children’s school fees for next year.

“Each family has a story to tell and that story is unique. The overall heart breaking story is to see how a horrific accident like the Field’s Hill accident has broken so many families,” she said.

Janisch said there is never enough time in the day, but with the support from family and the committee, there is still time to assist those who need their help the most.

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