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The Adrian Nel Family Foundation

The Adrian Nel Family Foundation

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As Adrian Nel’s family, we would like to raise funds to ensure that his wife and children are taken care of during this heart-breaking and traumatic time and protect his legacy to them.

Adrian was a qualified commercial diver who had been working in the Republic of Congo for the past 5 years. The company he had been working for didn’t extend his contract due to impact of COVID-19, leaving him financially distressed. He took a job in Palma, Mozambique to build workers’ accommodation camps for the Total LNG Project, in order to provide for his family. 

Adrian is a hero to many, as he gave his life to save the lives of his brother, his father and complete strangers, who were besieged in the Amarula Hotel during the insurgent attack on Palma, Mozambique on the 24th March 2021. The people in the hotel had no weapons for protection and were completely reliant on the air support from DAG to hold the insurgents at bay. Adi put his life on the line to run out of the compound to retrieve a gun from an abandoned military vehicle in the road, to have some protection if any insurgents breached the compound. 

Adrian’s bravery was exemplified as he drove the unarmoured car in the escape convoy from Amarula Hotel, whilst women and children were evacuated in an armoured vehicle in the convoy. The convoy was ambushed by the insurgents where he was shot twice, he continued driving whilst fatally wounded to ensure he could get his loved ones as far away from danger as possible.

It is because of Adi that his brother, father and many others survived. 
  
Adi was the Sun, his radiant personality gravitated people to him, wherever he was, he made countless lifelong friends. He was the most entertaining, generous and loving person they knew, and in the end he gave his life to save others. 

Adi is survived by his wife and 3 young children living in South Africa.

We would like to appeal to fellow South African’s, and the rest of the world to open their hearts and help Adi to support his family in his absence. It would mean the world to Adi to know that his family is cared for and his children have all the opportunities he was trying to provide for.

A Trust fund has been set up in order to look after the family and we appeal to everyone to do what ever they can to help.

 

*As per the campaign creator's request, funds raised will be paid directly to the Trust fund*

Donations

  • Apr 22, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Our deepest condolences to the family" - Workforce Mozambique

  • Apr 21, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "So sorry for this terrible loss. Words are never enough for something like this." - Tania

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Praying that God wipes all your tears" - Colin Hill

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Be strong!" - Gerda & Dries de Wet

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 65.00
  • "I am so very sorry for your loss..." - Sara Bernard

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 50.00
  • "My thoughts are with you all. " - TomInSydney

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Tragic story

    " - Angela

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "Thoughts are with his youngsters and wife. Wishing them strength at this time. " - Karen Sharpe

  • Apr 18, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "God Will give you peace " - Wim Pretorius

  • Apr 18, 2021 - USD $ 70.00
  • "My brother will always live with me, under the water and out of the water. The ocean will miss him." - Bruno and Shona

  • Apr 18, 2021 - USD $ 35.00
  • "Deepest condolences to Adrian's family and friends. RIP " - Jacquie Wood

  • Apr 18, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Sorry for your loss" - Terblanche

  • Apr 18, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Respect for a fellow diver-dad who gave his life to provide! " - Marius

  • Apr 18, 2021 - USD $ 150.00
  • "RIP brave brother and God Bless your family" - Gavin Olney

  • Apr 17, 2021 - R 600.00
  • "Sending love to all. RIP Adrian " - Jill, Sheila and families

  • Apr 17, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "So sorry for your loss RIP Adrian" - Mark & Ash Battson

  • Apr 16, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "A sad loss..." - Arina

  • Apr 16, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Sending love to all of you so very sorry" - Helen Gordon

  • Apr 16, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    God bless wife and children

    " - Anonymous

  • Apr 16, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Our deepest condolences to the family

    " - Hugh Wood & Associates

  • Apr 15, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Sorry for your loss" - Anonymous

  • Apr 15, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Tragic loss. Condolences to his loved ones." - Morné

  • Apr 14, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "So sorry for your loss" - Anonymous

  • Apr 14, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thinking of you and your family. I’m so sorry Janik " - Kirsty Godwin

  • Apr 14, 2021 - R 2 500.00
  • "

    Our condolences to the family on your tragic loss

    " - Africa House

  • Apr 14, 2021 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Thoughts goes out to his family. I visited Palma and Afungi years back in a similar capacity as Adrian. I don't know Adrian, but nobody should ever have to go through this." - Kenneth Hansen

  • Apr 13, 2021 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Thoughts and prayers with your entire family. RIP Adrian." - Mark & Jade Krueger

  • Apr 13, 2021 - USD $ 69.00
  • "Sorry for your loss. Love Bernie and Natasha Bradshaw " - Bernie and Natasha Bradshaw

  • Apr 13, 2021 - USD $ 220.00
  • "So sorry for your lost. Adrian will be remembered as a hero " - Alex maske

  • Apr 13, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    To a hero

    " - Du Preez family

  • Apr 13, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "

    So sorry this happened. Adrian seemed like a brave and selfless individual

    " - Jeremy

  • Apr 13, 2021 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Love" - Devlin Cathey

  • Apr 12, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Condolences to the family. A true hero in the most unimaginable circumstances. " - Chas Todd

  • Apr 12, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Sending condolences and keeping the family in our prayers " - Jane

  • Apr 12, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "RIP Adi" - Faulty Towers

  • Apr 12, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Rip. Condolences to the family " - Bissossur family

  • Apr 12, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Adi, may your beautiful Soul Rest in Peace in knowing you did your best to keep everyone around you safe!!! Your happy, smiling face is going to be missed very much! All our Love, Cam, Alan & Kaitlin" - Camilla Lopes

  • Apr 12, 2021 - R 100 000.00
  • "

    Sincere condolences on his passing. This is a tragic loss for family, friends and collegues.

    " - Eric, Louw and Team

  • Apr 12, 2021 - R 1 500.00
  • "Sending all of our love and thoughts through this difficult time! " - The Schaerer’s

  • Apr 12, 2021 - USD $ 25.00
  • "Janik and family. My heart breaks for you all. What a tragic loss of such a shining bright and beautiful life. May you find comfort in the very special memories you shared. With love and healing light" - Carly Labuschagne

  • Apr 11, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "I didn’t know Adrian, but I know of many stories like this from the Southern African history of violence. To his wife and children, may God comfort you during this difficult time. Brendan " - Brendan Houston-Brown

  • Apr 11, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "Wishing you strength for the road ahead" - Anonymous

  • Apr 11, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "RIP Hero" - Eben

  • Apr 11, 2021 - USD $ 150.00
  • "May God bless your family for the sacrifice you have given. My deepest condolences " - Seán lynch

  • Apr 11, 2021 - USD $ 342.00
  • "Adrian, we met in sch at 6 years old, you were always seen as a great guy, always smiling, always had an adventure to share, a lot of talk about motor cross, you were admired by many even at 6! " - Shirley

  • Apr 11, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Sending love and support to Adrian's family. May he RIP. I know he will never be forgotten. Sending strength to Meryl, family and all my cousins x" - Michelle (Cavanagh) Steve and Isabella

  • Apr 11, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Dearest Greg, Meryl and family, sending much love and strength xxx" - Andre and Natasha

  • Apr 11, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Deepest sympathy for family’s loss" - C Cloete

  • Apr 10, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "My deepest condolences. Sending love and light to the family. " - Natasha

  • Apr 10, 2021 - USD $ 12.00
  • "Touched by the story, sorry for your loss. He seemed like a great man! " - L.A.Verner

  • Apr 10, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "mag Jesus jou styf vashou" - Jennifer

  • Apr 10, 2021 - USD $ 75.00
  • "Family should be prod of their hero." - Tracy Mrs Earwaker

  • Apr 09, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "May his family be blessed from above" - Adrian

  • Apr 09, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Rest in peace

    " - JH Esterhuyzen

  • Apr 09, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    " - PHILLIPS FAMILY

  • Apr 09, 2021 - USD $ 60.00
  • "May the family stay strong. Your story touched our harts " - Anonymous Perth

  • Apr 08, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good memories of Zalala Mozambique. Your family can always be proud of you" - Rio, Doug & Kyle

  • Apr 08, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending much love to the family" - Lariesha

  • Apr 08, 2021 - USD $ 343.94
  • "Rest in Peace, Adrian. May God keep your family X" - Claire McCue

  • Apr 08, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "My deepest condolences to the family. " - Sumeshini

  • Apr 08, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "With much love and prayers to you all." - Maree Mc Creadie

  • Apr 08, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "RIP, "Greater love has no man than this that he lay down his life for his brothers"" - Garreth

  • Apr 08, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    My hart gaan uit na die familie. Mag die Here julle vertroos in hierdie tyd

    " - Sanpattie

  • Apr 08, 2021 - R 10 000.00
  • "

    We are so terribly sorry for what you guys are going through, stay strong. Sending all our support.

    " - Round Table Golden East 181

  • Apr 08, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "Sterkte en diepe medelye met jul verlies" - NvH

  • Apr 08, 2021 - USD $ 200.00
  • "Adrian was one the coolest and kindest friends we had growing up. For you and your Family. Love always, Dawn Weldon x" - Dawn Weldon

  • Apr 08, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending our love and support to Janik and her 3 precious kids " - The King family

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Much love and prayers to his family." - Anonymous

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "My condolences to Adrian's wife and children and family. Rip. Adrian. " - Daphne Van Heerden

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "He lived a legend and died as one." - Cresswell-George Family and old team mate Brad

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Lot’s of love " - Steven Moodley

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Poor man. Poor family. I'm so very sorry. " - Catherine Walters

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "RIP" - Anonymous

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 5 808.00
  • "Such a tragic loss to a very special family. Sending you so much love x" - Francois, Tracy, Seth and Jack

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Adi you will be missed bro. Thank you for all the laughs and competition. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 400.00
  • "." - Anonymous

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "What a cruel world we live in. All the best to his wife, children and family." - Thinus Smit

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "My deepest condolences " - Anonymous

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Deeply saddened by this event. Hope people realise Islamic Jihad is real and more deadly than covid-19" - Sad SouthAfrican

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "r" - Rencken

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    At a loss for words.

    " - Peter Jauncey

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    May the Lord be your Comforter

    " - Anoniem

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "My deepest sympathy to his wife and children and his parents and extended family and friends. I pray God brings you all peace and comforts you at this terrible time." - Di Beatson

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "God is still in control, and ever faithful!" - Faith

  • Apr 07, 2021 - USD $ 150.00
  • "May your family find peace in this difficult time, you were a hero!!" - Jos V

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. God will provide for you!!" - Neil

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thinking of you" - Africa Bliss

  • Apr 07, 2021 - USD $ 15.00
  • "Glad to help" - Delta

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Life is sometimes very unfair! " - Sanette

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "What a man" - Ed

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Sterkte" - Bester

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "You are a real hero whose actions have impacted the lives of so many around the world! I pray you are rewarded for your bravery and selfless acts and that your family is richly blessed because of it! " - Anonymous

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "RIP Adrian, a true hero" - Seth

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Condolences to your family and friends. " - Li-Anne Hide

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Love you long time my brother. RIP my friend. " - Lester

  • Apr 06, 2021 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Our hearts break for your family. Praying for your family." - Hall family

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "May his soul RIP and may his family find the strength and courage to get through this difficult period" - Peter Callipolitis

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "

    Adi’s bravery will always be remembered

    " - Bridget

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Condolences to the family " - Anonymous

  • Apr 06, 2021 - USD $ 70.00
  • "RIP Adrian. You died a Hero! I am proud to call you Family! " - Simon Dcheffer

  • Apr 06, 2021 - USD $ 150.00
  • "A hero indeed - thank you for your bravery " - Thandi and Paul

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Rest in peace Adi " - Dave Mason

  • Apr 05, 2021 - USD $ 70.00
  • "His courage is inspirational. Your dad is a hero" - Your 2nd cousins Shaunne and Barb

  • Apr 05, 2021 - USD $ 400.00
  • "Rest In Peace Adrian, you lived life to the absolute fullest <3" - Clynton & Christi

  • Apr 05, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending so much love " - Greg & Angie

  • Apr 04, 2021 - USD $ 41.47
  • "My heart is breaking for you all. Thinking of you all at this time. Rest in Peace Adrian xx" - Morag Ackhurst & Family

  • Apr 04, 2021 - USD $ 30.00
  • "So incredibly sorry for your loss. RIP Adrian x" - Laura Trinidad

  • Apr 04, 2021 - USD $ 136.00
  • "Our thoughts are with you and your family." - Paul and Nikki Young

  • Apr 04, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "My deepest condolences to Adrian's family." - Gordon G

  • Apr 04, 2021 - USD $ 140.00
  • "We cannot comprehend how difficult this must be on your family. The news of Adrian's passing has shocked and saddened us. Sending our love, condolences and strength. Greg and Jodi D" - Greg and Jodi Dinkelman

  • Apr 04, 2021 - USD $ 50.00
  • "RIP Adrian, you will be missed bro, thoughts and prayers go out the family." - John Farnaby

  • Apr 04, 2021 - USD $ 250.00
  • "We are so proud of Adrian and of all the people with him and who brought him home. Couldn't thank you all more. We wish for peace in all our hearts." - Jacinte, Helene, & Duncan Armstrong

  • Apr 03, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Our thoughts and prayers are with Adrian’s family." - Floyd & Keryn Gobey

  • Apr 03, 2021 - USD $ 400.00
  • "A great friend to me growing up in South Africa, I will miss him dearly." - Chris Weldon

  • Apr 03, 2021 - USD $ 400.00
  • "Worth a 1000 of the [email protected]$s..." - Alek

  • Apr 03, 2021 - USD $ 35.00
  • "I’m so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. May he rest in peace after saving his loved ones and so many others. " - Nicola

  • Apr 03, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "I hope I can do lore for tou all in the future" - Lance Peach

  • Apr 03, 2021 - USD $ 35.00
  • "Condolences to the family " - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Holding you close in our thoughts . Sending lots of love xxx" - Tracey , Gregory , Whitney and Casey

  • Apr 03, 2021 - USD $ 10.00
  • "Thoughts are with your family xx" - kirsty

  • Apr 03, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thinking of Adrian’s family with love D&D " - D&D Tighe

  • Apr 03, 2021 - USD $ 10.91
  • "Rest in Peace Adrian " - Denis J

  • Apr 03, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "So sorry for your loss" - Avril Richardson

  • Apr 03, 2021 - R 50 000.00
  • "Rest in peace A! Thinking of the family in this very difficult time " - Ben

  • Apr 03, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "My heart is with you" - Pat

  • Apr 03, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "No words xxx" - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "RIP Peace " - Pieter Pieterse

  • Apr 03, 2021 - R 10 000.00
  • "RIP Aidy , thoughts and prayers to you all! Love all the Battson " - Matt Battson

  • Apr 03, 2021 - USD $ 5.00
  • "Rip, Adrian. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "RIP Adrian. Thoughts are with your family during this difficult time." - James and Brigitte Wortmann

  • Apr 03, 2021 - R 800.00
  • "Dearest Greg, Meryl & family so sorry to hear of the loss of Adrian will always remember his jovial personality, He will be sorely missed. Praying God’s comfort for you all. Lots of love & God Bless." - Audrey Kok

  • Apr 03, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "In loving memory of Adrian " - Andrew Surgeson

  • Apr 03, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Dear Greg, Meryl and family we are so sorry for your loss." - Chris & Sheri

  • Apr 03, 2021 - USD $ 400.00
  • "A small token sent with love and hope to acknowledge a life well lived and sorely missed RIP Adrian" - Keith and Linda Knox

  • Apr 02, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Adi’s bravery will always be remembered " - Bridget

  • Apr 02, 2021 - USD $ 250.00
  • "For you and your family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all " - Michael

  • Apr 02, 2021 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Sending love and support" - Karen Bradley

  • Apr 02, 2021 - USD $ 200.00
  • "Sending all the love to his family" - Devlin Cathey

  • Apr 02, 2021 - USD $ 69.00
  • "In memory of my incredible and brave cousin. Rip Adi lots of love x" - Brandon chennell

  • Apr 02, 2021 - USD $ 70.00
  • "Your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your selfless bravery. " - Lynn

  • Apr 02, 2021 - USD $ 350.00
  • "Devastating loss. Thoughts and prayers with his family x " - Lindsay

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As Adrian Nel’s family, we would like to raise funds to ensure that his wife and children are taken care of during this heart-breaking and traumatic time and protect his legacy to them.