Quake: durban businessman to help in japan

2011-05-10 00:00

A DURBAN businessman was so emotionally stirred up by watching footage of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March that he has decided to do something about it.

Steph Bester, chief executive officer of distribution at The Unlimited, an international company based in Durban with offices across the country, is heading to Japan to “help on the ground, to serve and encourage”.

He will be leaving for Japan on May 18 where he will spend a week helping on the ground with the clean-up, building homes and running a food kitchen.

“In addition to the basic needs like food, clothing and shelter, the victims need hope, as without hope all is lost and there is no future,” Bester added.

He is covering his own costs, but he is looking to raise R250 000 to support three to four small businessmen, who have lost everything, to re-establish their businesses.

“I would like to make a massive difference in a few people’s lives and will encourage them to pay it forward and make a difference to others so the country can regenerate itself.”

“I am appealing to everyone out there to help me make a big difference in the lives of ordinary people like us whose lives have been shattered,” he said.

Anyone who would like to make a contribution can e-mail Bester sbester@theunlimited.co.za.

— Witness Reporter.

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