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Rebuild the PCU #UCTFire

Rebuild the PCU #UCTFire

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Rebuild the PCU after the #UCTFire

Help the Plant Conservation Unit rebuild their resources:

The fires that ravaged the University of Cape Town campuses on the 18th of April 2021 caused significant damage to Upper Campus including the HW Pearson (botany/ecology) building/ Level 5, the top level of the building - home to the Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) - was essentially hard hit. This fire caused the complete loss of the PCU offices, the common room and computer lab have been completed gutted, and all contents destroyed by the fire along with collections of irreplaceable photographs and key pollen reference collection resources. This includes the loss of the cabinet that housed their Savanna Pollen Reference collection.

The Southern African Society for Quaternary Research (SASQUA, website: https://sasqua.co.za/) encourages and advances the study of Southern African research in the direct and applied fields of Quaternary Science and coordinates initiatives to support and boost palaeoscience research in southern Africa.

In this regard, SASQUA would like to support the palaeoecology research group within the PCU by raising funds so that essential work can be conducted to replace the collection. The funds will be used to hire someone to resample the herbarium material, prepare the material, make slides and photograph the samples so that they can be added to a digital reference repository.

We’re appealing to all academics, the international palaeocience community and the general public to please help rebuild this essential lost resource by donating to this crowd-funding initiative. 

Article from the PCU website:

http://www.pcu.uct.ac.za/fire-destroys-pcu-offices-18-april-2021 

Donations

  • May 25, 2021 - USD $ 25.13
  • "Have a good rebuilding!" - Limi Mao

  • May 18, 2021 - USD $ 14.19
  • "Hope this helps. Good luck!" - Alex Wheeler

  • May 12, 2021 - USD $ 40.00
  • "Good luck!" - Anonymous

  • May 07, 2021 - USD $ 60.00
  • "Good luck with the rebuilding!" - William Gosling

  • May 04, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Hope you guys can rebuild better than before <3" - Evan

  • May 04, 2021 - USD $ 60.00
  • "Good luck for the reconstruction" - Anonymous

  • May 03, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Ánimo y fuerza! " - Irene Esteban

  • May 03, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Best of luck with your rebuild" - anonymous

  • May 03, 2021 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Best wishes for the rebuild" - Leanne Phelps

  • May 03, 2021 - USD $ 33.00
  • "My heart is with you all, best wishes for the rebuild." - Christine

  • May 03, 2021 - USD $ 120.00
  • "Let's hope this helps!" - Graciela Gil-Romera

  • May 03, 2021 - USD $ 34.58
  • "Good luck with the rebuild" - Maarten Blaauw

  • May 01, 2021 - R 350.00
  • "Wishing you a smooth transition back into operation. Sterkte. " - Hayley Cawthra

  • May 01, 2021 - USD $ 35.00
  • "Best wishes as you rebuild!" - Karen Poole

  • May 01, 2021 - USD $ 30.00
  • "Hope you can rebuild quickly. " - Bertie

  • May 01, 2021 - USD $ 30.00
  • "So sorry to hear about this. " - Stanton

  • May 01, 2021 - USD $ 50.00
  • "A little bit to help rebuild the collection" - Courtneay Hopper

  • Apr 30, 2021 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Wishing you guys the best, such a blow for SA science" - Emma Loftus

  • Apr 30, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "To get the ball rolling..." - Lynne Quick

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 9 919.47

Fundraising target

R 50 000.00
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The fires that ravaged the University of Cape Town campuses on the 18th of April 2021 caused significant damage to Upper Campus including the HW Pearson (botany/ecology) building/ Level 5, the top level of the building - home to the Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) - was essentially hard hit. This fire caused the complete loss of the PCU offices, the common room and computer lab have been completed gutted, and all contents destroyed by the fire along with collections of irreplaceable photographs and key pollen reference collection resources. This includes the loss of the cabinet that housed their Savanna Pollen Reference collection.