Garden Route fire devastation

Dear friends,

Thank you all for your calls and messages to check whether the Gaia Research Inst. was still standing.  We were not affected by the recent devastating fires that swept through the garden route stretching from Wildnerness and surrounds,  Knysna to Plettenberg Bay and then onto Port Elizabeth.

We were on stand by evacuation twice over but luckily the wind switched direction and we were safe.  It has been an emotional roller-coaster ride and my heart goes out to the thousands of displaced people who lost their homes and the 7 reported people to date who lost their lives, one of them being a 24 year old Plettenberg Bay volunteer fire-fighter Bradley Stephens.thankful