Things are beyond hectic here at the Save Our Seas Shark Centre – we have less than 3 weeks before our big opening and first international shark workshop, and 24 hours in a day is just not enough! As I write our cabinetmakers are assembling our fitted furniture; the screeching drills, the hammering and sawing shudder my already overloaded thoughts – so much to do, so little time! From now on until we open I will say little and allow our photos to speak for us and our progress, it’s a count down! See below:
I’ve learnt to work under all kinds of conditions and with some incredible people: here Chris Doyle (Dive Medic)and Robert Raw (UCT Marine Biology student), two volunteers gave us their weekend and helped to get some painting done, while I am designing a research display board to go up in the Centre.
Ken Taytasac, my partner, and Jan de Bruyn, our IT specialist, both volunteers – worked late into the night sorting out the sprinkler system.
The admin office slowly taking shape – thanks to our volunteers, yet again!
Alison, Rene, Sam, Thomas and myself meeting about the launch event which takes place on the 15th May.
Divers Zone alterations in progress
Chris Bladen, our sculptor, came to show me a small scale example of the greater 2m white shark he is creating for us, which will take pride of place in front of the Centre.
Sanding & Sealing the Oregon Floors, followed by the sanding of the boardroom and two other large rooms – I’ve lived with dust all over the place for months now!
Laurel & Hardy show off our new fabric – my sister Verona, and the Centre administrator – this is one of my creative ideas for the Centre to give it that something special – but more about that part of it later.
Watch this space!