Anti e-toll group bands together to help recovery centre Faith Unleashed
The popular anti e-toll group, 1 million motorists refuse to pay e-tolls, best known for its all out onslaught and bold activism against the e-toll system, recently pulled together to assist financially beleaguered long-term recovery centre Faith Unleashed.
Founded by Jimmy Crabb, the anti e-toll group has a Facebook following in excess of 120,000 followers, and through its founder’s website sells memorabilia, stickers and even t-shirts speaking out against paying for e-tolls. It was through this very platform that Crabb, after a recent family crisis, set about raising funds for Faith Unleashed.
“My niece is currently fighting addiction at the Faith Unleashed recovery centre in De Deur near Meyerton, which is when we were told of the centre’s financial woes,” states Crabb. “The team is made up of an incredible group of people who provide a hands on approach to helping people develop habit changing coping mechanisms towards addition. But are battling to pay the bills.”
According to Crabb the centre is currently catering for more than seven young ladies, however only one is paying. It is with this that he called upon the forces of the anti e-toll brigade, a call they gladly and rapidly answered. After posting a call to action to assist Faith Unleashed on the Facebook page and creating a donations page on jimmycrabb.com he quickly, through no other marketing and asking for only a R10 donation, managed to raise a total of R6000.00 in less than two days.
“The power of social media is incredible, but it’s the human spirit that never ceases to amaze me. As a group we have often been criticised for being the bad guys because we refuse to pay e-tolls, but when it comes to putting your money on issues that really matter, many of our members leapt at the chance to contribute,” adds Crabb.
Faith Unleashed is a faith based long-term recovery centre that helps addicts find freedom. According to the centre it works with those who have been robbed and broken by various addictions. As a recovery ministry, the team removes those who it is helping from the lives they have been living, giving them the opportunity to find healing, wholeness and most importantly freedom through faith in all areas of their lives.
Its recovery programme is hinged around assisting its addicts in finding self-worth and teaching them practical skills, so they can return to society as whole and functioning individuals. All of this is achieved through changing old thinking patterns and behaviours, providing each individual with the tools needed to change.
While the anti e-toll campaigners have made a small dent on providing much needed support for Faith Unleashed, it is by no means out of its financial woes. Crabb is calling on all other like-minded groups, parties and even companies to come together and support Faith Unleashed.
“This has once again restored my faith in the brotherhood of humankind. If we can do this in two days, what can we do in a month?” ends Crabb.