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A howling wind tears at the black plastic on the roof of a house in Ou Skip Caravan Park – but it’s no holiday.
Inside the dwelling a cash-strapped elderly couple sit in their living room, praying that the sandbags they use to keep the black bags in place will be sufficient.
It’s raining as well, so inside every room buckets dot the floor to catch the dripping water.
It’s been two hours since Sandra Kline (69) emptied the buckets so she gets up and attends to this tedious but important task.
When it rains this is her task. Every two hours, day or night, she has to empty the buckets.
Her husband, Stanley (74), did his best to cover the roof, but the over-flowing buckets suggests that his efforts have counted for little.
Sandra has hated every moment he was forced to return to the top, but she knew something had to be done and that there was no-one who would help them.
The couple were desolate, feeling that nobody cared about their leaking roof – but they were wrong.
There are people who care!
Their neighbour, Gerald Brannan, knows someone who does volunteer work at Table View’s Round Table and the Round Table chairperson, Domnique Wiid, knows people who could sponsor roof sheets.
As a result, eight Round Table members, roof fitting professionals and a waterproofing company will be answering the Kline’s prayers.
If all goes according to plan they will have a brand-new roof by next week.
“We are so grateful,” exclaims Sandra.
“We are pensioners, and unfortunately our funds have run out. This leaking roof is just getting worse and worse.”
“Our roof leaks even when it is not raining,” she says incredulously, before explaining how water builds up between the ceiling and the dilapidated roof itself.
The roof isn’t the only challenge the Klines are facing, Stanley is also having to receive treatment for a prostrate problem at Somerset Hospital.
“Things have taken a turn for the worse ever since we received bad advice from a broker when we retired,” says Sandra.
But their knights in shining armour – the good people volunteering at the Round Table – heard their pleas.
Says Domnique: “When someone asks me why we help others then I say the answer lies in their joyful faces. This is all the vindication we need.”
The Round Table has managed to get 23 of the required 40 roof sheets and are hoping to obtain the rest as well. If neccessary they will use the R5 000 saved from their own money, but any help from the public would be appreciated.
***DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN TYGERBURGER, A CAPE TOWN BASED MEDIA24 COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER. IT MAY NOT BE DUPLICATED WITHOUT ACCREDITING THE SOURCE – TYGERBURGER, MEDIA24.***

 

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