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Help Us Support the Zidana and Rothquel families!

Help Us Support the Zidana and Rothquel families!

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My name is Steven Benjamin, and I have been operating Animal Ocean, a Tourism business in Hout Bay since 2009. Since I started offering Seal Snorkeling tours here I have employed and been assisted by a number of individuals in the local communities of Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu.

With the international border closures and local lockdown being implemented to curb Covid-19, the tourism season in Cape Town came to an abrupt halt 3 months early. Dorothy and Greg are long-term employees of Animal Ocean who live in the impoverished communities of Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg in Hout Bay, and are feeling the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic even more so than we are in our comfortable homes. Dorothy lives in a one roomed tin house and supports 3 small children, as well as sending money home to Malawi. Greg supports his siblings and their children, as well as his own daughter who is trying to complete her last year of school during this time.

Since our closure we have been able to continue supporting Greg and Dorothy with salaries and delivered food parcels, but we need help to ensure we can continue supporting them going forward. With no business income or promise of a tourism season come next summer, we need your assistance to help our staff and the families they support during this desperate time. Without the luxuries we all have to keep us occupied during this unprecedented period, their experience of the pandemic and the enforced regulations is made even more difficult and we want to do all that we can to assist.

The donations we receive here will ensure we are able to continue paying Greg and Dorothy their salaries, as well as make food drops throughout each month for them and their families. With restricted movement allowances they are also having difficulties accessing food, so any funds received will allow us to continue purchasing and distributing food to their families as we have been doing since the local lockdown was enforced.

If you are able to consider donating to this cause please donate below - donating is a very easy process and any small amount will contribute greatly to making sure that Dorothy and Greg are still able to feed themselves and their dependants. The funds raised here will be used to buy food for each family every 2 weeks, such as bread, fruits and vegetables, eggs, rice, noodles, cheese and viennas as well as wood and paraffin.  It will also enable us to keep Greg and Dorothy on a salary through the now extended quiet tourism season, so that they are able to continue paying their rent and keep a roof over their heads.

Please follow our progress here.

Donations

  • Aug 29, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Great Honour to be helping" - Retief & Desiree Van Der Reyden

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Great Honour to be helping" - Retief & Desiree Van Der Reyden

  • Jul 24, 2020 - USD $ 120.38
  • "Thanks for looking after the Team. Great work guys. Love from Berlin" - Sven

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Great Honour to be helping" - Retief & Desiree Van Der Reyden

  • Jun 23, 2020 - USD $ 24.70
  • "Stay strong, better days are ahead" - Nicole

  • May 29, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Great Honour to be helping" - Retief & Desiree Van Der Reyden

  • May 15, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Best wishes for getting through these tough times!" - Claire

  • May 08, 2020 - USD $ 21.49
  • "Stay strong & healthy " - Lukas

  • May 08, 2020 - USD $ 107.45
  • "Thanks for looking after the Team. Great work guys. Love from Berlin" - Sven Großmann

  • May 07, 2020 - USD $ 21.55
  • "Happy to help from Switzerland" - Michael C.

  • May 06, 2020 - R 105.00
  • ":)" - Tyler McLullich

  • May 06, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Great Honour to be helping" - Retief & Desiree Van Der Reyden

  • May 05, 2020 - USD $ 10.73
  • "Great work guys. Sending love and positivity from UK. " - Jack C

  • May 05, 2020 - USD $ 12.00
  • "Great community spirit, all the best to you all" - Jo

  • May 03, 2020 - USD $ 27.66
  • "Hold on!" - Arne

  • May 02, 2020 - USD $ 55.33
  • "Thanks for looking out for thsoe less fortunate (and thanks for the great surfing dolphins trip)" - Bryn Forbes

  • May 01, 2020 - USD $ 19.36
  • "Thanks for looking after the Team. Hope you are back up and running soon." - Peter & Correna (UK)

  • May 01, 2020 - USD $ 25.03
  • "Thank you supporting the vulnerable." - Anon

  • May 01, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Happy to contribute! Hello from the EC :)" - Claire

  • May 01, 2020 - USD $ 31.29
  • "We loved our seal snorkelling adventure with you guys - hoping to come back next March!" - Debra Worster

  • May 01, 2020 - USD $ 27.66
  • "Sending love from Germany ️" - Fiona

  • Apr 30, 2020 - USD $ 24.54
  • "We loved our visit to Cape Town and Animal Ocean. Wishing you all better times xx" - Melanie Carson

  • Apr 30, 2020 - USD $ 10.85
  • "Great idea - keep going. Love from Berlin" - Hen

  • Apr 30, 2020 - USD $ 21.33
  • "Good luck ....... hope to see you all in better times that will be back." - Mike

  • Apr 30, 2020 - USD $ 10.85
  • "Amazing work guys! Big love from the UK " - Ally Grist

  • Apr 30, 2020 - USD $ 27.13
  • "Hope to see you soon well. " - Alexis

  • Apr 30, 2020 - USD $ 10.85
  • "We are one World -greetings from germany" - Catharina

  • Apr 30, 2020 - USD $ 10.85
  • "Just received your email in the UK. Great idea, hope all well" - Luke Fletcher

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck Steve, happy to help. " - Alf Benjamin

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Very cool initiative " - Dani

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 420.00
  • "Thanks Steve and Lauren xx" - Amalia

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Thank you Steve, and the Animal Ocean team. " - Anonymous mermaid

  • Apr 29, 2020 - USD $ 107.21
  • "Happy to support you all, Lauren, you guys do such an amazing job! xxx" - John and Wendy Maguire

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 52.50
  • "Every little bit counts!" - Anonymous

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R 17 716.37

Fundraising target

R 50 000.00
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My name is Steven Benjamin, and I have been operating a Tourism business in Hout Bay, Cape Town since 2009. Since I started offering Seal Snorkeling tours here I have employed and been assisted by a number of individuals in the local communities of Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu.