After waking up to the horrible news that the house he grew up in had burned to the ground in the early hours of Friday morning, Kevashen Ethiraju is on a mission to ensure that his granny’s house is rebuilt before she can find out about it. The house on Bombay Road burned down due to a power surge. “We woke to such terrible news on Friday morning. My uncle and aunt, who were staying in my granny’s house at the time, told us that they had woken up in the early hours of the morning to a house full of smoke and just barely made it out before having to watch the house burn down due to what they deem was a power surge,” said Ethiraju. He added that luckily his uncle and aunt were able to find a spare key to the house in their successful attempted escape. Speaking on the significance and memory attached to the house, Ethiraju said that the house had been a safe haven for family and friends spanning 50 years. “The doors were always open to anyone who needed a place to call home during their most turbulent times in life. “One would always find a pot of tea brewing and a sandwich ready to be served when they walked in the doors of my granny’s house,” said Ethiraju. Ethiraju said that his granny was unaware of what had taken place at her house because due to her diminishing health, she is currently staying with other family members so she can be cared for. “My aunt and uncle have lost everything and have to start over again. The nine children, 28 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren have all lost a place they call Ama’s (mother) house,” said Ethiraju. Afraid for the health of his granny if she came to know about her beloved house, Ethiraju is appealing to the community at large, especially during the festive season, to lend him and his family a helping hand in ensuring that they are able to repair the house before his granny can come to know of it. “In the spirit of giving we are looking for any kind of sponsorship from the public and companies at large. “The main components that we require are roof trusses, plastering cement, roof tiles, paint, furniture or any cash that is within your budget,” appealed Ethiraju. Anyone willing to assist the family can contact Ethiraju on 072 268 6850.