Gift of the Givers Sends Medical Personnel to Knysna

It commenced by diverting a 32 ton truck laden with water for Cape Town, followed by an advanced team to assess the situation, arrange logistics, transport, find a base and arrange distribution. Shoprite-Checkers came to the rescue and provided a magnificent two floor "monster" facility in Rawson Road, Knysna, to warehouse the hundreds of tons of items arriving from all over South Africa to Gift of the Givers for the people of Knysna. Fifteen "foot" soldiers were sent from our various facilities to co-ordinate the entire operation. Emily Thomas was in charge.

Then came nine emergency services personnel, headed by Ahmed Bham, with paramedics and two advanced life support ambulances. Within 48 hours it was clear that the field hospital that the military set up, in response to the shutdown of Knysna Provincial Hospital for precautionary measures, would require support in terms of medical specialists, equipment and supplies. Thirteen of our team members flew in this morning, courtesy of Kulula, who have generously sponsored flights for twenty of our personnel and transported essential cargo at no cost.

The team led by Drs Yakub Essack and Qasim Bhorat, comprise five emergency medicine specialists, two paediatricians, two gynaecologists, two general practitioners, a wound care specialist and an advanced life support paramedic. The team will provide services to the people of #Knysna, George, Plettenberg Bay, Buffels Bay and wherever they are placed by the military. Gift of the Givers will bring in additional equipment and supplies at our cost and if necessary, additional medical specialists of various disciplines.

Contributions to the Knysna Relief campaign are still welcome as we expand the aid to medical services. Deposit into Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg , Account number 052137228, Branch Code 057525, ref. Knysna. Please send deposit slip to for acknowledgement. Section 18A tax certificates are available on request.

Contributions can also be done through the Gift of the Givers Greater Good app available in android and istore now. Details toll-free 0800786911.

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