Gift Bradford & his family a dinner donation!
Organized by: Blondie RockStar
Most of you will know about the the wildfires in Fort McMurray, along with thousands of other families: Bradford Lee, his wife Johanna, his son & his newborns twins (born a month earlier), lost absolutely everything in the fire.
While the Canadian government have been as supportive and generous as it can be in this crisis, community giving has made the most crucial difference. Brad and his family have been offered the use of a cabin indefinitely by an unknown person, so at least they have a place to call home for now. They have two-month-old newborn twins, and a safe warm space is a necessity. I cannot imagine the stress of all this on top of being perpetually tired, hats off to both of you Brad. The insurance companies have their work cut out too, the amount of claims will be mammoth. The red tape involved means that it'll take over a year if not two before they get enough of a claim to resettle or rebuild elsewhere.
So I thought we should help, people from Vryheid, family & friends, Vryheid High School mates, and everyone else who knows Brad and his lovely family. Let's take Brad & his tribe out for dinner! If he were in your neck of the woods, you'd meet up & take him out for a meal, or visa versal, of course!
The idea is simple, gift the value of a restaurant bill. Or a bar bill, if you'd rather take him for a beer, or even the value of a lekker braaivleis round your spot. Anything, a little or a lot, and anonymously too if you prefer, it's a simple thing, just help out a family who you know, who are unfortunately going through a disasterous time. And hopefully we can start a movement. Let's help where help is needed.
Ps. This was my idea, and Brad was initially way too proud and suitably thick-skinned, and said No, no way!
I said: Brad, you've got newborn twins, this is not about you dude, it's about them, and I'm in the UK, and I want to help somehow, we all do, can I at least pay for you to have a pint of beer somewhere! And the rest is history, he's eating humble pie, which ain't easy for a Saffa man from Vryheid. "Enjoy your beer mate, we are very happy to make a small difference."
PS: Crowdrise is a fundraising & giving application to help individuals or charities. Their fees are the best I could find, less than 3% guaranteed, and Brad will have direct access to the funds immediately. There are no third parties involved.
On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. On May 3, it swept through the community, destroying approximately 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Albertan history. It continues to spread across northern Alberta and into Saskatchewan, consuming forested areas and impacting Athabasca oil sands operations. It may become the costliest disaster in Canadian history.