In the spirit of Christmas, people have opened their hearts and wallets to help farm attack victims.
During a farm attack near Leeudoringstad on the farm Rietkuil Mr. Thys Grobbelaar, (81) and his wife Rita, (76), Rita, were seriously injured while their daughter Karin Nel (53) sustained injuries, and their grandson, Joe Astle (24) was shot in the mouth.
Mr. Louis Meintjes, president of TAU SA has launched a fundraising drive to assist Nel and her son Joe, when it emerged that they were in state hospitals and not receiving appropriate treatment, due to the shortage of doctors.
Joe was seriously injured. He was shot through the cheek, which caused him to lose his teeth, his tongue was severely cut, and a bullet remains lodged near his eye.
Within hours after the shocking incident, Mr. Meintjes, and TAU’s regional chairman in the Western Region, Mr. Theunis Kruger set out to assist the family. After the initial transport and transfer costs were paid, Joe was transferred to a private hospital. Mr. Meintjies received promises of support for this family and donations are expected from the generosity of caring people. It is unsure at this stage what surgery and treatment Joe will require and as there is no medical aid, the costs can be extremely high.
The Anncron Clinic has offered a consultation and an anesthetist has volunteered to assist. Several surgeons have indicated that they will charge a reduced fee in an attempt to save the young man’s life.
TAU’s vice president and chairman of the safety committee, Mr. Henry Geldenhuys, said the fund will be ongoing and used for similar incidents in the future. He called on the public to continue sending contributions in order to register a national fund for victims.
Contributions for Mr. Joe Astle’s medical care can be deposited into the following account
This account is only a preliminary account and on Wednesday, when the banks open a new account will be opened. In the meantime, this account will bear the initial cost.
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