Funding Appeal!

My name is Tonya Burton and I have had the privilege of working at Hobbiton-on-Hogsback for 20 years. Hobbiton is situated in the Amatola Mountains of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Hobbiton’s humble beginnings 75 years ago as a place of safety for children during the Second World War consisted of an outspan and a few tents. Through hard work, commitment to children’s education, community support and donations we have evolved into a centre which provides outdoor education to all sectors of the community.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an extraordinary effect on our ability generate income and to put it bluntly, the only way we have survived into 2021 is because all of our loyal staff (reduced now to only ten in number) are taking severe salary cuts. Our meagre savings are almost entirely depleted. We are busy implementing strategies to continue our work but we are appealing to you, to assist us to bridge this difficult period in our funding.

We know that there are thousands of people in all corners of the globe who have experienced the ‘Hobbiton Experience’ and who would be devastated should we be forced to close our doors. We hope that our appeal for financial assistance to tide us over this difficult period will not fall on deaf ears.

Any financial contribution towards sustaining us during this bridging period will be greatly appreciated.

First National Bank
Account name – Hobbiton Association
Account no – 52 12 12 62 879
Branch Code – 210 221
Swift Code- FIRNZAJJ
Account type – Cheque
Reference – (your name) bridging fund

For any further information please email us at or phone us on 045 962 1193.

Please note that we are a registered Non-Profit and Public Benefit Organisation and are therefore able to issue 18A certificates for donations.

Help Hobbiton to bridge this difficult time!

Over a 200 000 children have attended adventure camps at Hobbiton in Hogsback over the last 76 years. Most of the returning guests to Hogsback fondly remember the time that they spent on a life-changing school camp or leadership retreat at Hobbiton. They relate how it has had a huge impact in their lives and how their experiences have created a deep love for Hogsback and nature. This unique adventure centre, situated in the picturesque mountains in Hogsback, has also provided holiday camps to children from disadvantaged communities since its humble beginnings, as a place of safety for children during the second world war.

Now this iconic adventure centre is in danger of closing! We cannot and won’t let this happen!

Read the full community appeal here.

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