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Help us save Soetwater Environmental Education Centre and its animals

Help us save Soetwater Environmental Education Centre and its animals

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Soetwater Environment Education Centre in Kommetjie really needs our help.  We are raising funds to keep the Centre open and operating.  Not only is this an incredible environment centre for children and adults like, they house 24 beautiful birds which cannot be released in the wild, plus 60 reptiles.  These animals are homed and fed by SEEC, and assist teaching children about the animals and their habits and surroundings.  These animals need to continue to be fed and looked after.  Thousands of children have visited Soetwater Educational Centre on school camps for many years, plus community schools are regularly sponsored each year to attend at no charge.  A wonderful programme of acitvities is organised by ex-teacher and manager Lappies Labuschagne.

The Soetwater Environmental Education Centre is a very special classroom – outdoors, by the sea, at the foot of a beautiful mountain, surrounded by pristine fynbos and animals, and right next to a working lighthouse.   But just like in any classroom, there are teachers, and there is stuff to teach about.  They teach about the environment – plants, animals, the oceans, the air.

Right at the start of their very busy period lockdown occurred, the Centre relies on school camps to keep the Centre running and to feed and look after the animals it homes.  The busy months keep the Centre operating for the quieter winter period, however many camps were cancelled, and they are surviving on reserves, which are due to run out in the next month or so.  

Now with no idea of when schools camps will continue, the Centre is running out of its reserves and the future of the Centre is in jeopardy.  Some donations have kept it doing during lockdown, however to ensure it can keep running and the animals can continue to be looked after and fed, serious funds need to be raised.  We are asking for your help.  Any amount, however small, will assist.

Donations

  • Sep 28, 2020 - R 106.00
  • "To sow seeds of hope and a nurturing spirit (towards the environment and humanity) in children from surrounding communities." - Anon

  • Sep 28, 2020 - R 106.00
  • "To sow seeds of hope and a nurturing spirit (towards the environment and humanity) in children from surrounding communities." - Anon

  • Sep 28, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Please make a recurring payment. A challenge. R100/month for 12" - Gilbert Nortje

  • Aug 29, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Please make a recurring payment. A challenge. R100/month for 12" - Gilbert Nortje

  • Aug 29, 2020 - R 106.00
  • "To sow seeds of hope and a nurturing spirit (towards the environment and humanity) in children from surrounding communities." - Anon

  • Aug 20, 2020 - USD $ 29.08
  • "Please enter a short message" - Anonymous

  • Aug 17, 2020 - R 528.75
  • "A very special place" - Leila

  • Aug 11, 2020 - R 264.38
  • "Always keen to help the animals" - Anonymous

  • Aug 11, 2020 - R 105.75
  • "To sow seeds of hope and a nurturing spirit (towards the environment and humanity) in children from surrounding communities." - Anon

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Please make a recurring payment. A challenge. R100/month for 12" - Gilbert Nortje

  • Jul 29, 2020 - USD $ 33.45
  • "Sounds like a special place— a contribution from us in New Zealand " - Alex, Lisa & Leo Hendry

  • Jul 28, 2020 - R 62.00
  • "

    Wishing for the best

    " - Taiji

  • Jul 27, 2020 - USD $ 59.73
  • "Keep up the good work" - Hilde Ibsen

  • Jul 22, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "Keep up the good work Lappies " - Pat Clough

  • Jul 21, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Thank you for hosting Lentegeur LSEN learners on many occasions. Learners speak with fondness about their experiences with Lappies (some long after graduation)!!!

    " - Lentegeur School for LSEN

  • Jul 18, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Thanks to Linda and Anna for making me aware of this need. " - Colette Hansen

  • Jul 18, 2020 - USD $ 37.66
  • "Save Soetwater for future generations " - G Goold

  • Jul 17, 2020 - USD $ 25.11
  • "Worthy cause" - Shelley

  • Jul 17, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "The education must continue!" - Erik

  • Jul 16, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Please make a recurring payment. A challenge. R100/month for 12" - Gilbert Nortje

  • Jul 16, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Keep up the good work" - Arthur

  • Jul 16, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Hope my drop helps fill the ocean." - Jade

  • Jul 15, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "A Dedicated team in helping animals" - RobG

  • Jul 15, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    Please help this wonderful cause

    " - Collingridge Fam

  • Jul 15, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Lappies is a very dear friend and an icon. I am so proud of him. Please donate" - Gilbert Nortje

  • Jul 14, 2020 - USD $ 50.00
  • "This beautiful and amazing place needs to be supported!" - Scarlett

  • Jul 14, 2020 - R 1 890.00
  • "keep up the good work" - David Hack

  • Jul 14, 2020 - R 262.50
  • "This facility is so valuable" - Pat Louw

  • Jul 14, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Let's safe the center" - Theo Verijdt

  • Jul 14, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "

    Each drop counts.

    " - Elaine Meyer

  • Jul 13, 2020 - USD $ 65.00
  • "We have one planet. Education around our limited natural resources and the fragile balance of nature are essential for present and future generations." - Jared Hendler

  • Jul 13, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "We have enjoyed many happy times at Soetwater with homeschoolers or Cubs." - Debbie Smith

  • Jul 13, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Lappies and his team up an incredible environmental education centre which we must protect for our children." - Piet Postema

  • Jul 13, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Stay the course" - Mike Moore

  • Jul 13, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "A place really worth saving " - Estelle Appleby

  • Jul 13, 2020 - USD $ 29.54
  • "A small contribution" - Hilde Ibsen

  • Jul 13, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "A Pleasure to help" - Sandra Jacobs

  • Jul 13, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Happy to Assist" - Deon

  • Jul 13, 2020 - USD $ 11.81
  • "All the best hope this helps" - Dawn

  • Jul 13, 2020 - USD $ 59.07
  • "Hope this helps." - Anonymous bird lover

  • Jul 13, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "I really hope that the Centre can scrape through these precarious times! " - Tess A. Moore

  • Jul 13, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Hope your animals survive through this period Martin." - JC

  • Jul 13, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Soetwater is one of the best EE Centres in Cape Town. Let us support Lappies and his team. " - Anton

  • Jul 13, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "a Place of safety and sanctuary must remain open, the alternative is unthinkable." - Talitha Kieser

  • Jul 12, 2020 - USD $ 56.38
  • "A place so special and worth supporting! I'll never forget how you welcomed us (Capella House) when we needed a place to stay for 6 weeks." - Katrien Heere

  • Jul 12, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Can't let this good cause vanish!" - Neil Hamilton

  • Jul 12, 2020 - USD $ 12.59
  • "Would hate to see any of the animals not have security or a home. " - Hannah Luxton

  • Jul 12, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "We would hate to see Soetwater close. It is a very special place. " - Alison and Mike

  • Jul 12, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "All animals need to be cared for. " - Wenda

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 122 769.28

Fundraising target

R 200 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 98 918.00
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