Miss SA 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters planted a pin cushion on Wednesday 14 June in the Goukamma Nature Reserve that was ravished by fire on her visit to the Knysna and Plett. "The pin cushion to me is symbol of hope, re-newel and growth as we deal look ahead to the future."
NATIONAL NEWS - Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, with the backing and support of Sun International and Cell C, has urged South Africans to help her raise funds for those who have lost everything in the fires along the Garden Route.
"I grew up in Sedgefield, which is in the heart of the Garden Route that has been ravaged by fire," she said.
"I therefore ask all of those who would like to assist, to help me help those in need - those who have lost their homes and all their worldly possessions. A fund has already been set up by the Sedgefield Lions, a group of socially minded people who often assist in raising funds for charities."
All monies collected will be used by the Sedgefield Lions to buy much-needed supplies, including water, tinned food, baby food, bread, blankets, toiletries and pet food. All proceeds will be distributed across the Garden Route to affected families.
On Thursday 8 June, Nel-Peters was interviewed by Darren 'Whackhead' Simpson of the 947express studios in Johannesburg about her Backabuddy campaign. Her plea elicited over R150 000 in donations from individual South Africans. In the first 72 hours of her campaign, R319 347, 77 of her target of R500 000 was raised - a new record on Backabuddy!
Since the start of the Knysna fires, 25 campaigns have been set up on Backabuddy (a local crowdfunding platform) to crowdfund for the devastated families. Nel-Peters' appeal to save her hometown of Sedgefield from the widepread fires and Mr South Africa, Habib Noorbhai's campaign to raise R1 200,000, 00 for Cape Town's destitute, were among the stream of new sign-ups.
With messages of support and donations from all over the world, Miss SA has once again done South Africa proud. She has inspired and empowered individuals to do their part, to donate even the smallest amounts, because every rand makes a difference for the people of Knysna in their most vulnerable hour.