Water collection drives to help those in need

2016-02-03 06:00
PHOTO:nicole john Pupils in Maritzburg College were encouraged by their teachers to donate water to Together SA which has since been transported to communities in dire need of water. The drive which will be ongoing in the school until such time that there is drought relief.

PHOTO:nicole john Pupils in Maritzburg College were encouraged by their teachers to donate water to Together SA which has since been transported to communities in dire need of water. The drive which will be ongoing in the school until such time that there is drought relief.

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THE Pietermaritzburg community have rallied together, making a difference in the lives of others who are suffering in the current drought by donating water to Together SA, a local organisation that is heeding to the call of those in need.

Maritzburg College made their donation on Monday this week and filled two vans of bottled water, either for drinking or water that can be used for farms and animals. All grades in the school were encouraged by their teachers to bring a donation of water for the drive, which will be ongoing in the school until such time that there is drought relief.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, pupils said that they felt that it was their duty to help those who are severely suffering in the drought.

“It’s good to help those who need water because it’s a resource that you need to live. It’s unfair that there are people who are living without it and those of us who have water need to share it with them,” said grade 8 pupil, Colby Hemingway.

Another pupil, Connor Wessels, said that the donation was made out of love for others in the country.

“It’s [the donation] out of our hearts, not out of our wallets.”

Together SA, under the umbrella of Awesome SA, is working in the city to collect water donations and distribute it to those in need.

Di Smith, co-founder of the organisation, said that they are working with a few schools in Pietermaritzburg, as well as businesses that are calling for donations. Together SA aims to influence more people to become active citizens instead of passive bystanders.

“This allows us to identify a need and provide immediate support. It’s a different social space where people can get involved and actively address a dire social situation instantly,” she said.

The first trip was made yesterday, 2 February, to the people in Senekal in the Free State. This community was chosen because it was a green and fertile farmland however because of the drought is now barren and scattered with the carcasses of dead live stock. There have been reports of people competing with animals over muddied water and at least one farmer has committed suicide.

Save Hyper have an ongoing drive for shoppers to buy water to donate. The store itself contributed 300 five litre bottles of water to the first drive and another 300 bottles from its shoppers. Manline Pietermaritzburg, a division of Barloworld, have also come onboard and has sponsored the transport of the water to the communities. There have also been other donations made by organisations and businesses in the city.

“I think it’s amazing that people, especially children, are so willing to help those in need. It’s a way of teaching them valuable lessons and reaching out to those less fortunate,” said Smith.

Smith added that the water collection drive through Together SA is a running campaign and there are plans to sink boreholes in the communities to assist with water relief. “We need to get as many people involved as possible to assist.

For more information visit http://www.togethersa.co.za or find Together SA on Facebook.

Donations of water and cash to assist with drought relief can be made.

Awesome SA – Together SA

Bank: Investec

Account: 50006373217

Branch: 580105

Reference DroughtRelief

Email or SMS deposit slip to
di@awesomesa.co.za or 083 390 4930.

For tax benefit certificates email
nikita@awesomesa.co.za

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