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Rebuilding James' home after Plett fire

Rebuilding James' home after Plett fire

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Help James to rebuild his home after a devastating fire raged through the Garden Route, South Africa.

On 7 June 2017, his nephew’s birthday, James was alerted to the fact that a runaway fire was rapidly moving towards the area where James had built his home. The wind was unseasonably strong, and, owing to the fact that the Garden Route is suffering a severe drought, the bone dry vegetation was burning at a frightening rate.

One by one, neighbouring farms were forced to evacuate their homes as the fire approached and enveloped the houses. By nightfall, it was clear that James needed to leave his home, his car packed with some of his belongings.

Many a farm, houses and various structures were lost in this devastating fire. Sadly, the lives of a fireman and civilians were also lost.

James is an illustrator and cartoonist who spent many years in the fast paced advertising world. He traded this life for a quiet existence in the forest near Plettenberg Bay approximately 15 years ago. Since then, he has been living close to the land, tending to his vegetable garden, enjoying quiet paddling trips in nature and sharing his inner life on paper by means of his cartoons.

The fire has taken away not only his home, but also the space of solitude he enjoys while being creative.

Let’s help James to regain that lifestyle and creative space in nature.


Name Comment Date Amount
Becketts So sorry boetie, hope you get back on your feet soon Jul 05, 2017 R 514.10
Tony & Emma Good luck boet. Jun 29, 2017 USD $ 77.37
Mertia Sorry James but thank God you are alive Jun 22, 2017 R 200.00
Greg Sending you good vibes bro Jun 19, 2017 R 514.10
Anonymous Hope this helps towards your new home James Jun 19, 2017 R 510.00
Anonymous Heard about this via a friend of yours. Hope you get a new home sorted. Jun 19, 2017 USD $ 41.12
Anonymous Praying that you will be restored swiftly in Jesus Name Jun 19, 2017 R 200.00
Anonymous friend in DysTrumpTopia Glad you are safe Jun 19, 2017 USD $ 52.64
Anonymous Hope you get to build a great new home. Jun 18, 2017 R 514.10
Anonymous you made me lol even though it's pretty serious so here's some bux for giving me a new outlook on life. Jun 18, 2017 USD $ 39.04
Hudson clan So sorry you lost your home James, sending our love from the Hudsons UK. Jun 18, 2017 USD $ 41.07
Mike Scott Bux Jun 18, 2017 USD $ 39.04
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Donations to date

R 6 177.52

Fundraising target

R 75 000.00

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Help James to rebuild his home after a devastating fire raged through the Garden Route, South Africa.