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Loss of Eagle's Nest & Onverwacht Flora

Loss of Eagle's Nest & Onverwacht Flora

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My name is Telana.  My heart is broken for the Oosthuizen family from McGregor, who has lost so much in the recent Overberg/Greyton Fires.

On Tuesday 17th December the wildfire, which started in Greyton, raged through the property of Japie and Sandra Oosthuizen which lies nestled in the Boesmanskloof between Greyton and McGregor, causing massive devastation and loss for the family. The family suffered the total loss of their well-known stone house, Eagle’s Nest, which has been passed down to them by their father who built the house in 1999 using the mountain rocks and his own two hands.  This is an absolutely heartbreaking loss for the family after losing their beloved father a mere three months ago.  The family business of harvesting and exporting one of our proudly South African gems, the Proteas, as well as other Fynbos species that grow on the mountain, has been reduced to nothing but black ashes.  

In an attempt to conserve this beautiful gift of Nature Japie Oosthuizen had also planted plantations of Proteas to grow their business without putting a strain on the natural environment.   These plantations have been absolutely destroyed.  This has led to the devastation of every source of the family’s income.  Due to the severe drought that is affecting the area the fruit orchards on the farm cannot completely sustain themselves therefore the income gained from the fynbos exports has been so vital.  The Oosthuizen's had to notify all of their guest which had bookings for the upcoming months.  Yet another financial loss was suffered as they refunded all deposits that were paid to secure bookings.

At the moment the Oosthuizen family has lost all future sources of income.  It saddens me so to think of the effect that this will also have on the community as the labour force on the farm will need to be reduced leading to so many families without a source of income.  With no source of income, the hopes of rebuilding Eagle’s Nest is fading so very fast.  Anyone who has ever visited Eagle’s Nest will tell you that simply standing there, looking over those vast lush mountains,  all of your problems in this world suddenly felt so small and insignificant.  Knowing that that little piece of heaven here on earth might now be forever lost … there are no words to describe.

I want to ask that if anyone can find it within their hearts to support this family as they have to get up off their knees and take the first steps on the long and brave journey of rebuilding all that they have lost.  Because as is the South African way, we cannot stay down or give up what was carved out for us by previous generations and paid for with blood and sweat. It is never an option – we get up, we stand together and we rebuild!

Reaching my target will mean that Japie and Sandra Oosthuizen can afford the cost of labour and materials to rebuild what they have lost.

The funds raised will largely cover the cost of the labour needed for cleanup operations as well as materials for the rebuilding of Eagle's Nest.  Should enough funds be raised the irrigation system in the Protea plantations lost, also needs to be completely replaced.

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

Donations

  • Jan 21, 2020 - R 350.00
  • "??" - Laurence

  • Jan 20, 2020 - USD $ 34.59
  • ":)" - A.J.

  • Jan 20, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "This is one of my favourite places in the world, I hope it can be rebuilt" - Grant

  • Jan 20, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "#Iamstaying" - Anonymous

  • Jan 19, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Hang in there x" - Caroline

  • Jan 17, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Best wishes to Japie and Sandra during this difficult time." - Jackie and Andre

  • Jan 15, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "So jammer vir julle verlies. Ek bid dat julle gou sal kan herbou." - Sonnia du Plessis

  • Jan 14, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Lots of love...Sheila and Simba " - Sheila Cosgreave and Simba

  • Jan 12, 2020 - USD $ 14.03
  • "From a csmx rider, sad to hear about what happened, may 2020 be a quick recovery process " - J334

  • Jan 12, 2020 - R 300.00
  • "I stayed there twice. So beautiful. I wish you many blessings and I look forward to a return visit one day. " - Andrea

  • Jan 12, 2020 - R 350.00
  • "Wishing you all the best. We spent some of our honeymoon at Eagles Nest in 2016, and have been wanting to return with family!" - Oonsie

  • Jan 10, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "All the best for 2020" - Vince

  • Jan 05, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "The visit to Eagle's nest was such a special occassion. " - Joalitha

  • Dec 30, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Be Strong dear family

    " - Angelique Basson

  • Dec 30, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Wishing you sterkte. Remember that all the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today.

    " - Stasin family

  • Dec 29, 2019 - USD $ 71.20
  • "Rise again" - Nadine

  • Dec 29, 2019 - R 300.00
  • "Daar is altyd hoop ????. Vasbyt en sterkte." - Marié

  • Dec 27, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "

    Lief julle

    " - Lorna Els

  • Dec 27, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "

    Sterkte

    " - Bande

  • Dec 27, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Baie sterkte

    " - Melanie

  • Dec 26, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "We have loved staying at Eagles Nest in the past. We hope we can stay there in the future again." - Tracy

  • Dec 26, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Sterkte" - Pm

  • Dec 25, 2019 - R 2 000.00
  • "Kom mense stoei gou met daai target" - Triple H

  • Dec 25, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sterkte. Jou God is groter as jou probleme" - Chris Vosloo

  • Dec 25, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for incredible memories of staying in your beautiful Eagles nest." - Christelle

  • Dec 25, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Onverwacht, may you be able to get back up on your feet, be blessed abundantly and come back better and stronger than before. You have a stunning farm, and we will be back!" - Janika Harley

  • Dec 24, 2019 - USD $ 35.14
  • "

    Best wishes for the family fortunes to improve! Many happy memories from the hiking days

    " - Anonymous

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "May you be give the strength to overcome this heartbreaking time .????????" - The Hodkinsons

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "I have so many fond memories of many happy trails during oom Barry's "reign" ????" - Jessy

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Sterkte vir julle. We know Eagle's Nest will rise from the ashes. " - Mc Gregor friends

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "May you be abundantly blessed" - Anonymous

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Heartbreaking!" - Jaco vd Merwe

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sterkte" - Laura en Armand

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "

    Thinking of you.

    " - Jenny

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "We hope that Eagles Nest will soar again" - GARTH

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Hope this helps build hope" - Helen

  • Dec 23, 2019 - USD $ 105.39
  • "Alle sterkte aan die Oosthuizen familie, julle is in ons gedagtes en gebede." - LvddP

  • Dec 23, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "God never forgot you - He wanted us to learn to be His hands in giving to you. Thank you for this privilege. ????" - Ghyll

  • Dec 23, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Alles van die beste" - Jaco D

  • Dec 23, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thinking of you all and hoping you raise enough funds to rebuild the guest house and farms" - Ralene

  • Dec 23, 2019 - USD $ 70.26
  • "God is a Restorer!!!! " - Beulah

  • Dec 23, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "You will definitely all overcome this tragic event! Your strength as a family will get you through this xxx" - Ilana Sossen

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Fundraising target

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My name is Telana.  My heart is broken for the Oosthuizen family from McGregor, who has lost so much in the recent Overberg/Greyton fires.  On Tuesday 17th December the wildfire, which started in Greyton, raged through the property of Japie and Sandra Oosthuizen which lies nestled in the Boesmanskloof between Greyton and McGregor, causing massive devastation and loss for the family.