UPDATE: “Operation Firestorm” Mission Accomplished

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Mission Accomplished! It’s official: Life & Style’s fundraiser “Operation Firestorm – Dolphin Coast 4 Knysna” has been a complete success, more than doubling the initial fundraising goal of R100 000!

What started as a single-day, 12-hour fundraiser snowballed and grew into a movement and an outpouring of love-in-action from one coastal corner of South Africa to another.

Originating on the KZN Dolphin Coast, the fundraiser was driven by Ballito-based community radio station Radio Life & Style 88FM, galvanizing Dolphin Coast residents behind a common goal of raising funds to support the monumental and costly efforts of the internationally-respected Gift of the Givers organization (www.giftofthegivers.org) – currently working in Knysna helping those who lost everything in the recent #knysnafire to rebuild their lives.

Radio Life & Style's Mike Charles with Aslam Iessa from Gift of the Givers and Operation Firestorm initiator Barry Holland

Radio Life & Style’s Mike Charles with Aslam Iessa from Gift of the Givers and Operation Firestorm initiator Barry Holland

Thanks to the generous hearts of Dolphin Coast residents, the radio-driven fundraiser brought in a cumulative total of R226 180 (primarily through the online fundraising portal www.givengain.com) to support the phenomenal work the Gift of the Givers organization is doing in Knysna.

The funds have gone to an incredibly worthy cause – the video below shows the scale of the task that the Gift of the Givers organisation has taken on…

To every individual, business, and community group that supported Operation Firestorm: Thank You – you showed that the Dolphin Coast cares… You contributed towards making a real difference in the lives of those struggling to find hope in the wake of natural disaster… Without you, Operation Firestorm could not have happened.

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