Oceana lends their support to the community after the devastating Hout Bay fires leave thousands destitute

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In support of the estimated 15 000 victims who have been left homeless after the devastating fire in Hout Bay over the weekend, Oceana has donated over 30 000 cans of Lucky Star pilchards to the approximate value of R300 000 for immediate relief.

Oceana has also made available to Thula Thula, the Lucky Star Hout Bay warehouse, for the storage and distribution of donated items.

“This tragedy has left many families within this community destitute,” comments Oceana’s CEO Francois Kuttel. “We specifically chose to donate Lucky Star cans which can be easily opened with a ring-pull as most of the victims have had all their belongings destroyed and only managed to escape with the clothes that they were wearing.”

“It is in times like this, that we witness the true heroes of the community, and the depth of our ability to come together to make a difference by supporting the affected. Our deepest respect goes to the brave fire fighters who have worked tirelessly to stop the spread of the fire while the community of Hout Bay must be commended for pulling together in this time of need. The public and local business have opened their hearts and are working diligently to co-ordinate relief measures and provide humanitarian aid for all those who are suffering,” adds Kuttel.

“Our Company has a history in Hout Bay going back more than 60 years and this community is very close to our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost family, friends and their homes in this terrible disaster.”