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 to generate income. To put it bluntly, the only way we have survived into 2021 is because all of our loyal staff (reduced now to only nine 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, our supporters, 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.