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Hope for Hannahs Family Campaign

Rebuilding Hope in Honour of the Late Hannah Zoe Grace Chetty, age 7

What was supposed to be a joyful celebration of Hannah Zoe Grace's seventh birthday, turned into an unimaginable nightmare for the Chetty Family culminating in unimaginable loss and tragedy.

Unable to afford a birthday party, Hannah’s wished to visit the Durban View Park and beach in Umhlanga. As little Hannah played in the sand on the shoreline alongside her brother, sister,  and mother when a freak wave crashed upon them. Ruben (45), driven by a desperate father's love, struggled but managed to pull his wife, son Benjamin (12) and eldest daughter Tehila (14) out the rough waters.  

Unable to hold onto his youngest daughter, Hannah slipped away into the current. Courageous bystanders plunged into the rough waters while Hannah fought bravely against the fierce current, battling to reach the safety of the shore. Tragically, she succumbed.

The family's waited for more than six hours in the dark and cold for the coroner to arrive. Shivering and covered in sand, Tehila and her brother Ben were eventually taken to a nearby bystanders’ apartment, for a warm shower and given dry clothes.

In an attempt to provide solace they were asked if they would like to watch TV. Ben innocently replied that they didn't watch TV because they had not had electricity at home for months.

The Chetty family's journey has been one of misfortune, beginning with Ruben's retrenchment four years ago. They have found themselves trapped in an unforgiving cycle of dire financial circumstances, living without even the basic necessities, including electricity, for the past nine months.

This family is one of humility, faith, and resilience. Wendy, a teacher by profession, now educates their children at home, unable to secure employment. Ruben, a dynamic and hardworking individual, has faced one unfortunate setback after another.

We implore you to lift the Chetty family from the depths of despair with funds to provide immediate relief, offering basic essentials for their daily lives, food, and an opportunity to restore the dignity and comfort they so deserve.

If you are unable to contribute financially, we implore you to spread the word or consider providing Ruben or Wendy with employment. Together, we can inspire a wave of compassion and support that will carry the Chetty family forward on their path to healing with the light of little Hannah is shining on them always. 


Fundraising target

R 50 000.00

Donations to date

R 25 326.07

Donor Messages

May your family find peace during this time.
Arthur Goldstuck
I share your pain and sadness and pray that you will find peace and comfort in the arms of a kind and loving Jesus.
Chantal Scott
In memory of beautiful Hannah. May she rest in eternal peace in the hands of our Lord. Condolences to the family. May you find strength.
Thinking of you! 💔💔
This is such a tragic story 💔 may the God of peace envelop the family with the comfort and love that only He can give 🌹🙏🏻
Jodi Levine
This is devastating. The same thing happened to my son when he was 3 years old and we were so blessed that we managed to get him out the sea. Sending strength to this family.

Activity feed

21 Sep 2023 R 200
Arthur Goldstuck donated R 1 000 via Hannah (7) drowned but her family can be saved
15 Aug 2023 R 1 000
Anonymous donated R 1 000 via Hannah (7) drowned but her family can be saved
17 Jul 2023 R 1 000
Chantal Scott donated R 250 via Hannah (7) drowned but her family can be saved
16 Jul 2023 R 250
15 Jul 2023 R 200