70 years of helping people to care for our ocean

By Ann Kunz 

On Sunday 5th November the world celebrated International Volunteer Day.

At SAAMBR we had reason to join the celebrations and salute our valued volunteers who have been so very flexible during this past year of Covid uncertainty.

Although we have not been able accept new volunteers for the past 18 months due to Covid restrictions, we were pleased to welcome some of our established volunteers back in the latter half of the year.

The uShaka Sea World Education department has the record for the longest serving volunteers.

This year, two of our volunteers, namely Marje Philips and Ann Gibson were acknowledged for 30 years voluntary service. These very special ladies joined the SAAMBR family in 1991 when it was situated at the end of Smith Street in Durban.

Their contribution to marine education is certainly immeasurable but it is safe to say that between them, they have shared their passion for the marine environment with over 950 000 learners.

SAAMBR takes this opportunity of saluting not only our own very special volunteers but marine volunteers all around the world.