Miss SA raises R500 000 for Knysna Fund

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Miss South Africa 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.

With the help of hundreds of South Africans, Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, has raised more than R500 000 for a Knysna and Garden Route fire relief initiative.

She launched the fund with the backing of Sun International and Cell C as a way to give back to those who have lost everything in the recent devastating fires along the Garden Route.

Demi-Leigh, who grew up in Sedgefield, which is part of the affected area, is delighted with the response: “I thank all South Africans for giving so generously. Every bit helps and I am proud of how ordinary people have rallied around and assisted those who have been affected. I urge people to continue with donations, no matter how small.”

Nel-Peters was the victim of an attempted hijacking on Wednesday June 7. The incident happened on Jan Smuts Avenue, near the Hyde Park Shopping Centre in Johannesburg. Although a bit shaken, she escaped unharmed.

All donations collected will be used by the Sedgefield Lions to buy much needed supplies, including items such as water, tinned food, baby food, bread, blankets, toiletries and pet food. These will be distributed across the Garden Route to those most in need.

Seithati Semenokane / Courant News