Coming together for a good cause

2018-06-20 06:02
Johan Doubell and his fiance Erika Kapp. PHOTO: supplied

Johan Doubell and his fiance Erika Kapp. PHOTO: supplied

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A PORKY’S People and BackaBuddy initiative was initiated almost immediately in support of Comrades volunteer Johan Doubell after he was tragically involved in a hit-and-run accident on June 10 in Ashburton.

Still in critical condition from the accident, Doubell and his fiancé, Erika Kapp, were setting up a water stand at the bottom of Polly Shorts in Ashburton when a reckless driver hit their stand head-on, injuring three others and driving over Doubell.

“A light blue bakkie came speeding towards the runners and hit two women before it swerved into him. It ran over him, reversed and then sped off,” said Kapp.

He later handed himself over to police.

Doubell was then taken to St Anne’s Hospital where he is in intensive unit care with multiple injuries sustained from the accident.

Kapp said that her fiancé, Doubell, had suffered a broken knee which was broken in five places, broken ribs, a cracked skull, a broken cheek and his lung has collapsed since the accident.

Doubell has since undergone surgery and is now seeing double due to the displacement of his eye socket.

“Due to Johan’s difficulty breathing he would have been unable to have undergone two major operations on one day.

“It would have been too risky to for him to be under anesthetic for so long.

“We are hoping for the best today, and praying doctors will be able to save his right eye,” said Kapp.

Porky’s People is a soon to be registered NPO, started by mother-son duo Theresa Pienaar and Zane Groenewald, which aims to inspire random acts of kindness throughout the globe. They have partnered with BackaBuddy to assist Doubell.

“To raise funds for Johan’s medical costs as well as his recovery, community organisation Porky’s People have created a campaign to raise R100 000 in donations, based on crowdfunding platform BackaBuddy,” said Pienaar.

“We want to do our best in order to ensure a speedy recovery for Doubell.

“We hope the public will continue their support for a respected member of our community and contribute to his fund on BackaBuddy,” said Pienaar.

The initiative went live on June 12 and those who want to offer their support for Doubell can so by donating to his Porky’s People campaign on BackaBuddy through the following link — https://www.backabuddy.co.za/johan-doubell-medical-fund.

SAPS is still investigating the incident.

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