- Debi and John have been struggling to make ends meet for the past 3 years
- They found it hard to raise money for their kids' school uniforms and stationery
- East Coast Radio's The Big Favour marshalled well-wishers to help
A family in KwaZulu-Natal was almost despairing after a tough three years before kind well-wishers stepped in recently.
Briefly.co.za learned that Debi and John's problems started three years ago when they had to spend a whopping R60,000 to fix Debi's car.
At the same time, business at John's place of work slowed down and he had to strike out on his own as a handyman.
Subsequently, it became hard for the couple to make ends meet. Their two sons, who are in Grades 8 and 2, only had one set of school uniforms.
Additionally, the high cost of living meant that expenses such as groceries and electricity became tough to meet. They even had to pawn their wedding rings and sons' bicycles.
Damon Beard, the presenter of East Coast Radio's The Big Favour, narrated their experience:
In fact, when I met with John and Debi, they didn’t have enough money for fuel, so Debi’s car had broken down at a shopping centre close to East Coast Radio. Even putting the bare minimum into their pre-paid electricity meter was a struggle.
Damon therefore marshalled some well-wishers, including local businesses, to fundraise for the family.
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Before long, the couple received electricity vouchers worth R2,000 and groceries to last them several months.
Furthermore, they got additional sets of school uniforms as well as stationery for their sons. They expressed their heartfelt gratitude at the help they received.
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