Support for shack fire victims


10 November 2017 | Disasters

Otis Finck

Nampol and Helping Hands, a non-profit organisation, recently brought some relief for 43 families who were victims of shack fires.

Various donations were handed over to the mayor of Walvis Bay as the custodian of the Mayoral Relief Fund which assists vulnerable members of the Walvis Bay community.

Speaking at a hand-over ceremony at the Muatanene fire station in Kuisebmond, Nampol regional police commander for Erongo Andreas Nelumbu stated police officers are usually associated with their capacity to maintain peace and order, but in this case they wanted to use the opportunity to assist the community in a different way.

“We have come up with a few items to bring some relief to those who suffered as a result of shack fires. Accidents do occur and we need to be in a responsive mode to assist those in need.”

Donated items consisted of canned food, clothing, kitchen utensils and home appliances. The items were collected from the female police officers in the Erongo region.

Mayor Immanuel Wilfried thanked Nampol for going beyond their normal duties and for making a difference in the lives of those in need.

The Helping Hands initiative, which collects donations from individuals and organisations, also provided assistance to shack fire victims during a separate occasion by donating clothing and canned food for 20 families.

Councillors Penelope Martin and Saara Shailemo received the items on behalf of the Mayoral Relief Fund and encouraged members of the public to assist Helping Hands by donating more items intended for the vulnerable members of society. The organisation can be contacted by calling Eben Gawaxab on 081 127 7211 or 081 291 6466.

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