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UCT Fire Relief

UCT Fire Relief

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On the morning of the 18th of April 2021, a vegetation fire broke out in Cape Town, South Africa. The blaze quickly spread towards the University of Cape Town (UCT), causing the evacuation of all students.

The fire caused damage to part of the UCT Library, residences, and upper campus.

Gift of the Givers are assisting those from UCT affected by the fire. They have prepared meals for students who needed to be evacuated. Gift of the Givers has been requested to assist with the managing of meal preparation and other essentials for the next week, whilst alternative accommodation is being sought.

Old Mutual has made a venue available to Gift of the Givers as a donation drop-off site, which will be available from 8 am on Monday morning. Items required are as follows:

  • Water, Powerade, Energade, juices, cool drinks, biscuits, energy bars, muffins, tea, coffee, long-life milk, sugar, rice, beans, oil, noodles, salt, spices, cereals, eggs, butter, jam, cheese and bread.
  • Soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet rolls, sanitary pads, and hand sanitiser are essential personal hygiene requests.

Protective masks will be provided by Gift of the Givers. The requirement for blankets, linen, and towels is yet to be determined.

UPDATE: 

Gift of the Givers thanks the South African public for their incredible generosity, compassion, and kindness towards those affected by the UCT Fire. We were overwhelmed with the surge in contributions today.

Having assessed our resources we are satisfied that what we have received will be sufficient for us to fulfill our commitment to the UCT Council to feed 4000 students three times daily over 6-7 days. Accordingly, we request the public to cease all contributions in cash and kind to Gift of the Givers with immediate effect.

Our profound thanks once again to our most generous nation.

Donations

  • Apr 23, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you gift of tithe givers for all you do. " - Paola

  • Apr 23, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    Thank you brave men and women

    " - Julia Zubko

  • Apr 21, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Students" - Fatin

  • Apr 21, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you, Gift of the Givers, for looking after our students and staff affected by the fire. " - Glynnis Johnson

  • Apr 21, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for all of ypur selflessness and bravery! Sending you continued strength to help all those that need it x" - Jess

  • Apr 21, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    Thank you

    " - Charlene

  • Apr 21, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    Thank you to all those working tirelessly to protect our Mother City!

    " - Bianca Lenhardt

  • Apr 21, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    May God bless all those on the ground helping in this tragic circumstance. We are so appreciative of your efforts

    " - Anonymous

  • Apr 21, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "

    Sending prayers to all those affected and thank you to gift of the givers, the communities and especially the firefighters for all that you are doing.

    " - KR Motor Spares

  • Apr 21, 2021 - R 10 000.00
  • "

    Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

    " - Anonymous

  • Apr 21, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for everything you do!!" - Megan Govender

  • Apr 21, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you for all your help and support and for giving so selflessly of yourselves!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 20, 2021 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Keep safe " - Marly

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you to the Brave!" - Duane

  • Apr 20, 2021 - USD $ 350.00
  • "UCT alum. So sad about the devastation" - Vivienne Aronowitz

  • Apr 20, 2021 - USD $ 35.00
  • "Devastating loss. Hoping this helps keep other cultural treasures safe! " - Josette Yeboah

  • Apr 20, 2021 - USD $ 200.00
  • "Siyabulela yonkhe into ozenzwayo" - JS

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "Thank you for the continued efforts of all those on the frontline. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "I can’t imagine how scary it must be for the students who had to be evacuated with no security of plan for the next few days. Praying for them all and hoping GOTG provide them with comfort xx " - Genevieve Fynn

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 25 000.00
  • "Dear Gift of the Givers, we hope our contribution as a team, helps all those affected by this devastating fire. We truly appreciate what you are doing and thus are happy to be part of this initiative." - Dentsu SA

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "As a fellow student, I hope all of those who were affected by the fire are safe. Praying that we can bounce back from this. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "sadqah from shoaib, fatima and shaida" - anon

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 350.00
  • "Praying for Relief" - Anonymous

  • Apr 20, 2021 - USD $ 55.00
  • "My heart goes out to everyone who has been displaced, and thank you to all those who are working tirelessly to help" - Kim

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Thank you to all the fire fighters and volunteers who have responded to the Cape Town fires. " - Tim Lloyd

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    Thank you for all that you are doing, my heart goes out to all students affected and our beloved UCT>

    " - Anonymous

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    Love, light and healing to all those effected and thank you to our firefighter heroes. #capetownstrong Penny x

    " - Penny xx

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    May the Almighty shower HIS mercy and protection on all those affected and grant an end to the raging fire IA.

    " - Van Der Schyff

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    Evacuated students

    " - Marita

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    Thank you for the work you are doing! Keep safe everyone.

    " - Emma

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "For the Cape Town Fires " - Raeesah arbee

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Thank you for your amazing work

    " - Suzanne Hofmeyr

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    For the assistance of the students who have lost so much in this tragedy

    " - Muneebah

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Sending love and support to those battling the blaze, putting their lives in danger." - Jenny Cairns

  • Apr 20, 2021 - USD $ 50.00
  • "God bless those who are affected and those who help xx" - anonymous

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    May Allah make it easy for everyone

    " - Sumaya

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    This donation is for essentials product needed for UCT Students.

    " - John thoresen

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Thank you for all that you are doing. Keeping all those affected in our thoughts & prayers.

    " - Tasha

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you" - E

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "For the UCT students" - Lauren

  • Apr 20, 2021 - USD $ 10.00
  • "Thank you for helping" - Ella

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thanks for always stepping up, Gift of the Givers! God bless!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Blessings for all you do" - Heather Douglas

  • Apr 20, 2021 - USD $ 100.00
  • "every little bit helps" - thando m

  • Apr 20, 2021 - USD $ 26.00
  • "Sending lots of love and prayers" - Inonge Kaloustian

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Towards the UCT food drives " - Mikhail

  • Apr 20, 2021 - USD $ 15.00
  • "Good luck from Germany!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 20, 2021 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Thinking of everyone affected in CT" - Gill F

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "" - Jonathan Amm

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Keep up the good work guys" - Clement

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 145.00
  • "Blessings and safety to all. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 150.00
  • "Kia Kaha, Cape Town" - Helen

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 25.00
  • "For those affected by the wildfire" - Katherine R ODonnell

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Gratitude for your steadfast commitment to your humanitarian aid. " - Valentina Knight

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck!" - Lize van Rensburg

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "..." - Mahdiyyah

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "For UCT students " - Shafia Mahomed

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 25.00
  • "So sorry for this devastating loss." - Mary Paulin

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "You are all in my prayers" - Samantha

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Great work you guys!! Stay safe!!" - Botha's

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Towards feeding UCT students affected by the fire. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 50.00
  • "blessings to UCT and all the people affected" - anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "You guys are heroes. " - Angela Mace

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Prayers and thoughts are with everyone affected. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 70.00
  • "Solidarity with all the students right now! " - KM

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you Gift of the Givers, as always, so trusted to help on the front lines! Students, study well and find a way to grow your impact in this world - like Gift of the Givers you are needed!" - Monica

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "MAY Allah make it easy for all" - Anony

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Thinking of everyone affected by this devastation " - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 1 000.00
  • "⊂(・﹏・⊂) " - Zhe He

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you and God bless!" - Dani

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thanks for the wonderful work you do." - Jenni Salway

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for your unwavering support in times of need, it does not go unnoticed! " - Julie Nell

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Thank you to everyone on the frontlines. x" - Erin

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you for everything you have done for the students" - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck to all those in the field helping out. I wish this gets sorted soon " - Tasneem

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 360.00
  • "G-d bless all the firefighters and protect them. Wishing everyone affected by the fires strength during these challenging time. " - Unknown

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you Gift of the Givers for always providing hope to those in need... We appreciate your service!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Keep up the great work!" - Anon

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Our hearts are with all of Cape Town; thanks for your valuable support and intervention." - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Sending prayers" - Taryn Koopman

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thanks for the remarkable work and sacrifices Gift of the Givers are doung. You guys are real angels sent from above. " - Lizette

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Strength to all the UCT students, staff and the firefighters. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 150.00
  • "Thanks for all the good work." - Alum

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 100.00
  • "UCT, hang in there! We got your back!" - Echo Jiao

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Prayers to all" - Marla Zebarah

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Great work... may God reward you for your efforts " - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Amazing work as always" - Jolene

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "MashAllah, keep up the good work " - Muhammad

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 150.00
  • "Grateful for your wonderful work" - Sara

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "-" - Leilah Potter

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 150.00
  • "Solidarity with UCT students and academics" - Eva

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "God bless and be safe!" - Bernadette

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you for what you do" - Paula

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thoughts and prayers are with you all! " - Jodi

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for everything" - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Let the rain fall and bless Cape Town." - TRESTLE SOUTH AFRICA

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank to Gift of the Givers for once again stepping into the void and supporting the students. It is sad to see my alma mater up in flames, and wish all affected and especially fire crews the best" - Dr. Nick van der Merwe

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Thinking of all the students affected by this fire. Be strong!" - Bioscope Films

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thanks for all of your selfless, hard work. " - MnM

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Keep up the good work and know we are all behind you in your efforts" - Danielle Schoeman

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Solidarity with UCT students and academics" - Chloé-Marie Kikillus

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 350.86
  • "We're rooting for you." - Lisa

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Thanks Gift of the Givers for your awesome service. " - Siva pillay

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 150.00
  • "Fantastic idea - lets spread the love to help these folks" - Megan

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Thank you Gift of the Givers, for all u do" - Vasanthie

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 70.00
  • "You’re doing an amazing job x " - Wild Leather Co

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Thank you." - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "You are doing an amazing job. Thank you for your selflessness." - Reggie

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 2 500.00
  • "Great work to all involved, thanks." - Guerrilla Marketing

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Thank you for your kind work " - Mamoeti Nosi

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 2 500.00
  • "Thank you for the great work you guys are doing!" - Vicinity Media

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for all you do!" - Stacey Rehbock

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck" - Simisha Pather-Elias

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Prayers for everyone affected by the fire. " - Sophia Clark

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "Great work" - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Sending encouragement to all the students affected by this devastating fire. " - Verity Norman-Tichawangana

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 350.00
  • "Thank you for all the work you are putting in!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 10 000.00
  • "What a trying time to be a student – hope this helps" - The McAsmals

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "prayers for Cape town from New Zeland, Bont Family" - bont

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "Thank you for all your good work" - Sarvesha

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 2 500.00
  • "Thank you for making an immediate and active difference. This is for our displaced students." - Cyberlogic

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you for all you do for humanity during times of crisis. The world needs more people like you guys!! Much love " - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thanks for all the hard work to feed those in need" - Maryke Gallagher

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Best wishes to all of you." - Neville Sweijd

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thanks so much for everything you are doing!" - Karisa

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "thank you " - Jodie T

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 40.00
  • "Thank you to those able to help... " - Milbank Family

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you and good luck ️" - RG

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "So Sad" - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you!" - Jaydon

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing everyone all of God’s blessings" - Anon

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 150.00
  • "Thank you!" - Bontle

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you" - Lisa

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank You" - Iniyan Natarajan

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "we salute you" - Katrin AdH

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "With thanks for all you do." - Valerie Viljoen

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for all you’re doing " - Daniella

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 14.00
  • "Thank you for all you are doing!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you, Gift of the Givers! We stand in solidarity with all at UCT, firefighters and all in the City of Cape Town battling the raging fires. " - JUDITH FEBRUARY

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you! Praying for the UCT community and Cape Town." - Dilraj Family

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for all your help" - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you!" - Stephani

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "So grateful for all your efforts" - Stewart Bernard

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for all you do " - Fatima

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "May God protect you all" - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 150.00
  • "Thank you for taking care of our communities..." - Casey

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Have faith we will overcome this dark hour." - Stephen la Grange

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "May God reward you all for your efforts " - Anon

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "To help all those affected and involved. God Bless." - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "UCT fire relief" - Claudia

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 35.00
  • "Onwards and upwards. " - Joanie

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Grateful for your service." - Baraka

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for your efforts." - Richard C

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Hope, Healing and Restoration of Cape Town" - Sizakele Khoza

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thanks for all your help! " - LeighC

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Stay safe" - Nina

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "thanks for your swift co-ordination of projects in times of need" - Karin

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Thanks for all you are doing" - anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Thank you for all you do" - Tarryn

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you to everyone working so hard to keep us safe " - CB

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for your efforts! " - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "This organization always pulls through. May Allah reward you all endlessly" - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Keep up the amazing work! " - Nats Allcock

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 14.00
  • "Deepest sympathies to those affected by this tragedy" - Tiaan Bez

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for always responding with alacrity to any disaster, GoTG. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you for all you do!" - Kate

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "." - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "thank you for everything that you do for the community. the difference and impact you make in people’s lives does not go unnoticed. May Allah reward you all tremendously in everything that you do. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Anonymous " - Maarya

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Hope it helps " - A

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOUR GOOD WORK." - MARELIZE OLIVER

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for helping our students " - Lynette

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "Thank you for what you do!" - Ragna Redelstorff

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Amazing work!!" - Ciara Botha

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "I hope this little bit helps! Thank you for your help." - Megan H

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "God speed" - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Thank you for your service to communities" - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "sending strength to all" - S

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 71.00
  • "Thank you for doing your best to help those in need." - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "<3" - PJ

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Prayers" - Tanya

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you to everyone involved in fighting these fires" - Greg Mason

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Thank you GotG" - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you!" - Tessa

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "For the students" - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 40.00
  • "For all the amazing work you are doing to help those affected by the fire." - Samantha Govender

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck hope you guys are all ok and safe" - Alisa

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "God is enough for us; and how excellent a Guardian He is. " - Unknown

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you!!" - Talitha

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "To help everyone involved. God bless you " - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 30.00
  • "Proud of this community and the way we look after each other" - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Shukran for the amazing work you do " - Anon

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Amazing organisation!" - Tarryn Hayden

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Thanks for the work you're doing ️" - Bongi

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "thank you for all that you do " - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thanks to The Gift of The Givers" - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "For all those in need." - Shaheeda Petersen

  • Apr 19, 2021 - USD $ 20.00
  • "For the future leaders of our great country " - Louise Han

  • Apr 19, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Students " - Anonymous

  • Apr 18, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you for all that you do " - Jo

  • Apr 18, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "To help the students" - Anonymous

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