New Visitor Centre at SANCCOB Table View

At the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), we have news to share of an incredible new development at our Table View centre in Cape Town.

The construction of a brand new Visitor Centre is SANCCOB’s newest capital project to fundraise for in 2020. Architectural plans and seed funding are already secured to build a multi-purpose facility that will house a new education room, souvenir shop, meeting room, coffee shop and upgraded entrance to receive visitors.

The development was conceptualised from the need to upgrade SANCCOB’s current education room to accommodate larger groups of learners, host training workshops and materialise an income generating initiative to become more self-sustainable. Our Education Department reached 5,540 school learners through its formal education programme in 2019 and a donation of just R200 (EUR11/USD12.50/GBP9.60) can support one learner to connect to marine wildlife in an inspiring, new learning environment.

Donate to the Visitor Centre and partner with us to provide an improved education experience on our premises.

While the all-new education room will be primarily used for hosting school groups and training during the day, it will also be made available for hire to other organisations for conferences, meetings and events on days where no educational activities are scheduled. The coffee shop will offer a beautiful scene, overlooking the Home Pen of resident birds and adjacent to the centre building, universally accessible ablution facilities will be installed. Funding a project such as this gives supporters the opportunity to make a broad-based impact that will benefit SANCCOB’s penguin and seabird rehabilitation for many generations to come. We invite you to be a part of that legacy, where your donation gives today and provides for tomorrow.

Support is also welcome in the form of donations-in-kind to help us equip the facility with modernised learning tools and event equipment for the coffee shop and venue hiring. Connect with SANCCOB’ Resource Development department to find out more or make a donation online to help us reach our campaign target of R150,000.00.

“Education is one of the pillars of SANCCOB’s vision to bring the concept of marine conservation into the lives of young people. The majority of children received at the centre via our education programme are Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) and learners from under-resourced communities, so the lessons and setting we provide is truly a life-changing experience. This newest building project was initially part of SANCCOB’s seabird hospital planning and with the hospital now opened since November 2018, we are excited to finally move forward,” says Sharnay Wagner, SANCCOB’s Education Supervisor.

SANCCOB is fortunate to have received pledged support from corporates and foundations, who will match or exceed other donation commitments and we know that together, we can realise this goal.