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Help Blue Hippo Farm Rise Again

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We are raising funds for Gabby van Heerden and Simone Beckerling of Blue Hippo Farm, Greyton. 

The Blue Hippo Farm provides one of the most unique experiences to its visitors. Run by Gabby van Heerden and Simone Beckerling, these two amazing ladies have nurtured their ideas and dreams into what has become not only a self-healing getaway, by offering vegetarian cooking, juicing, therapeutic art and movement activities, time spent with animals, therapeutic horse encounters, walks in nature, massage and a connection to the nurturing and healing power of nature, but also a loving sanctuary for the animals that play a major part in the overall Blue Hippo experience. Gabby and Simone have worked hard to create this magical atmosphere by keeping infrastructure and visitors as close to nature as possible through American Indian style Tipi and Shire-esque dwellings. 

Their farm, buildings, and pastures were destroyed in a massive fire yesterday (17th Dec 2019).  Fortunately, all their animals were rescued.  However, they have lost their home and their livelihood that they have built up over many years, with incredible dedication and passion.

We know them through being fellow alpaca breeders, as creative artists and healers. Previously, we have spent a school camp on their farm which was incredibly special and will remain an amazing life-time memory.

We are raising funds to assist in covering boarding fees for all the animals that have been re-located, running costs for the farm (Staff, animal feed etc), general funds to help with the daily matters to raise the farm back from the ashes.  

We are also aiming to raise funds to rebuild the infrastructure and buildings that have been destroyed on the farm. 

We would love people to donate what they can to help Gabby and Simone get started again. They are resourceful, courageous, tenacious women, and they just need a helping hand right now.

Creating a financial, emotional and intellectual space for Gabby and Simone to start planning how to re-build their dream. Right now it is unbelievably tough for them as they have lost everything they have built over the last decades.  Donations will help build and raise them up.

- Boarding fees for relocated animals
- Animal feed
- Vet bills, should there be any
- Living expenses for Gabby and Simone

Funds raised will be paid into the beneficiary's bank account.

Donations

  • Jan 20, 2020 - R 1 010.00
  • "

    Something small to help. With so much love.

    " - Jenny

  • Jan 16, 2020 - R 1 028.20
  • "Much love and blessing, from souls who journeyed there" - Anonymous

  • Jan 13, 2020 - USD $ 70.16
  • "Little drops make a sea, good luck!" - Elisabetta

  • Jan 12, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Every little bit helps. Love you guys. Big prayers to raise the farm to its former glory once again xxx " - Nats

  • Jan 08, 2020 - USD $ 76.94
  • ""No matter how ya feeling, singing takes away the sorrow heya-neya-neya-neya!"" - ANON

  • Jan 07, 2020 - R 1 542.30
  • "With love, Ali, Kara and Kathryn" - Old school friends

  • Jan 05, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "Holding you in my heart " - Anon

  • Jan 03, 2020 - R 5 141.00
  • "Dearest Gabby, tried to do this while overseas and it sparked a Fraud alert, but I'm bank now and am trying again. I have you guys in my thoughts, prayers and heart; sending so much love your way.!" - Eugenie

  • Dec 31, 2019 - USD $ 142.17
  • "Hope this helps your great work x" - Callie

  • Dec 30, 2019 - R 5 010.00
  • "

    For one of the most beautiful spirits I've had the privilege to meet and one of most generous women I know!

    " - Eugenie

  • Dec 27, 2019 - USD $ 70.45
  • "Thank you for sharing your light with me :) it shines on and will come back to you. " - Dickson Nuesse

  • Dec 26, 2019 - R 508.75
  • "Like the Phoenix watch them rise! Much Love & Respect Simone & Gabby xxx" - Sandi

  • Dec 24, 2019 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Brotherly love from Philadelphia, USA" - Pooya Pourak

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 1 110.46
  • "My heart is with you ?" - Prana

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Best wishes " - Anonymous

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 7 197.40
  • "With love and prayers " - Georgina

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "

    May you fly to even greater heights Love and heart hug.

    " - Claire

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "

    Need to help after this terrible fire

    " - Pamela

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 1 510.00
  • "

    Something amazing will rise from the ashes

    " - Lindy

  • Dec 24, 2019 - USD $ 250.00
  • "Thinking of y'all every day and the light you shine! Thank you for sharing Blue Hippo with the world. Sending love and support!" - Cullen

  • Dec 23, 2019 - R 411.28
  • "Just a little to help - courageousxeomrn" - Anne and Claire

  • Dec 23, 2019 - R 4 000.00
  • "

    We owe you so much for all our fun times there. With all our best wishes

    " - craig templer

  • Dec 23, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "

    love to two amazing women and their precious family 

    " - Hamsa/Hilary Felbert

  • Dec 23, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "

    Much strength to you, may you be blessed infinitely

    " - Netti and Clinton

  • Dec 23, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "

    Stay strong xxx

    " - Sarah Coetzee

  • Dec 23, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "

    Sending love and strength 

    " - Dilys

  • Dec 23, 2019 - USD $ 51.73
  • "So sorry to hear about the devastating fire and best of luck wth the rebuild " - Debbie Planting

  • Dec 23, 2019 - USD $ 70.26
  • "Heart breaking loss, and a daunting task ahead.Vasbyt en sterkte" - Anonymouse

  • Dec 23, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "So sorry for your loss, but I I hope that you're able to embrace this new beginning and all that it brings." - Kirstin

  • Dec 23, 2019 - R 1 017.50
  • "Wishing you all the strength needed to rebuild your beautiful property." - Les & Kev

  • Dec 23, 2019 - USD $ 27.59
  • "Best of luck with the rebulid!" - Sue Fouche

  • Dec 23, 2019 - USD $ 70.26
  • "Best wishes for rebuilding and big big hugs." - Lisa and Karim

  • Dec 22, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Thoughts with you all, with much love, Nick, Gemma and the boys x" - Nick and Gemma

  • Dec 22, 2019 - USD $ 100.00
  • "It’s little more than a drop in the ocean but it comes from the heart." - Bettina

  • Dec 22, 2019 - USD $ 21.08
  • "Hope the best for you" - Ester

  • Dec 22, 2019 - USD $ 35.13
  • "Our thoughts are with you " - Leoné & Michel Rouillard

  • Dec 22, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Wish you strength forward " - Esther Campbell

  • Dec 22, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Hoping that you can rebuild your beautiful home" - Ingrid Altmann

  • Dec 21, 2019 - USD $ 35.13
  • "Best wishes." - Chris

  • Dec 21, 2019 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Hopes, prayers & best wishes. ????" - DJ Vunk

  • Dec 21, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Every little bit counts" - Nick

  • Dec 21, 2019 - USD $ 15.00
  • "Blessings to you and the animals. " - Shiraya Adani

  • Dec 21, 2019 - USD $ 10.00
  • "God bless" - Lisa

  • Dec 21, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Sending you heart hugs????" - Mari

  • Dec 21, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "I wish you all the very best and hope you manage to rebuild your wonderful retreat and home" - Andrea Muller

  • Dec 21, 2019 - R 101.75
  • "Best wishes" - Julie

  • Dec 21, 2019 - USD $ 70.26
  • "Wishing you strength at this difficult time. " - Lucy Ashworth

  • Dec 21, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Thinking of you guys, your sacrifice was incredible. We wish you a great 2020" - Gem and Stu

  • Dec 21, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sad to hear but we’re all behind you - this too will pass" - Dimitri Otis

  • Dec 21, 2019 - USD $ 10.54
  • "Love to you both and all the animals" - Anonymous

  • Dec 21, 2019 - R 508.75
  • "What a devastating loss you had... But still managed to save your beautiful animals. May you be able rebuild your home in no time, best of luck to you " - Lianie

  • Dec 21, 2019 - USD $ 14.05
  • "Blessings and Courage, you are stars. Do you have a place where building materials can be kept. With love and care. " - john gardner

  • Dec 21, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Your love is amazing and will rebuild this. " - Marianda

  • Dec 21, 2019 - USD $ 110.39
  • "Sending love, abundance and radiance in your vision. " - Penelope

  • Dec 20, 2019 - USD $ 34.92
  • "Have you in my heart. " - Sharon Frohlich Saunders

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Thinking of you. " - Maggie & Hennie

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 203.50
  • "So sorry for your loss. " - Lauriane

  • Dec 20, 2019 - USD $ 99.40
  • "May the force be with you" - Can Hakguder

  • Dec 20, 2019 - USD $ 69.84
  • "Devastated at your loss. So many happy memories spent at the Blue Hippo" - Gary Cousins

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Your kindness to the animals will ensure your blessings & the rebuilding of your dream " - Jo McD

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Hope this helps ????" - Tony Smith

  • Dec 20, 2019 - USD $ 165.45
  • "Much love from Germany xxx" - Niki Fischer

  • Dec 20, 2019 - USD $ 69.84
  • "Hope this helps for now, Mon and Gabby. Will see you in 4 weeks when I can be more help" - Lindy and fam

  • Dec 20, 2019 - USD $ 69.84
  • "To new growth gabs and Simone and everyone at blue hippo Xx. " - Nicky n

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Thank you saving your animals! " - RLM

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing you all the best with your rebuilding" - Beth Ginsberg

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "Love to you and the animals" - Kate

  • Dec 20, 2019 - USD $ 13.97
  • "Good luck with the rebuild. Spent a magical night there 11 years ago" - Noelline

  • Dec 20, 2019 - USD $ 34.92
  • "Best wishes getting on your feet again" - Caro

  • Dec 20, 2019 - USD $ 69.84
  • "We hope this helps. " - Sam

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Sending Love to you and all the animals!" - Kirsten Felbert

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Best wishes" - Linda Roy

  • Dec 20, 2019 - USD $ 34.92
  • "With much love " - Dee

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Gabby, you meant a lot to my children. Here a small token to help you back up." - Fred Pheiffer

  • Dec 20, 2019 - USD $ 90.00
  • "I hope this helps u all get back on your feet girls ... I’m so pleased you at least have your tipis and of course all the animals" - Suzanne kohler

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Wishing you all every strength in rebuilding your lives" - Gareth and Coralie Bradburn

  • Dec 20, 2019 - USD $ 70.05
  • "Sending with Love from our hearts to yours for renewal and regeneration." - Michael & Jennie Coled

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "All the best. Just like devastation is the path to recreation. " - Paul Gibbons

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 508.75
  • "All the best wishes for the re-building of your home. " - Tania

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 508.75
  • "Brave,beautiful people! Thank you, with love......xxxx" - Anonymous

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 508.75
  • "Sending you so much love Xx" - Carmen Potgieter

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Love to you both" - anthony gadd

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "So sorry to hear about the fire, but glad you and your animals are safe!" - IW

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Much love for the road ahead" - ann gadd

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "With love " - Jill

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "thank you for saving these babies - thank you XXXX" - gretna

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Dear Simone and Gabby stay strong. You will rebuild your dream. " - Karen

  • Dec 19, 2019 - USD $ 69.60
  • "Sending you much love xxx" - Wendy McGill

  • Dec 19, 2019 - R 250.00
  • "So sorry for your loss. " - Nicole de Vries

  • Dec 19, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Holding you all in my heart, may Phoenix rise from the ashes." - Sam

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Fundraising target

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We are raising funds for Gabby van Heerden and Simone Beckerling of Blue Hippo Farm, Greyton.  Their farm, buildings, and pastures were destroyed in a massive fire yesterday (17th Dec 2019).  Fortunately, all their animals were rescued.  However, they have lost their home and their livelihood that they have built up over many years, with incredible dedication and passion.