The Kowie Museum is a private initiative that receives no funding of any sorts from the government.
It is entirely reliant on life memberships, subscriptions, admissions, donations and fundraising for its income, barely enough to cover the running costs.
Pertinently, the Museum has no acquisition fund and is dependent on bequests and donations for items of interest.
Lastly, if the Museum had to pay serious rent for its premises it could endanger the existence of the Museum.
Against this background, we appeal to friends of the Museum to consider leaving a bequest in their wills to help put the Museum on a more financially secure footing.
This can be done by attaching a codicil to existing wills or redrafting of wills so that only one document is in existence.
We will recognise those bequeathing R10 000 or more on a special Legacy Board; of course, if the donor wishes to remain anonymous, the Museum will respect that.
If you do not have a will, we urge you to correct this soonest; it is the most important legacy you can leave your loved ones and it not only shortens the period in which your estate is wound up but, if properly structured, may lead to considerable estate duty savings.
You may also consider donating unwanted items that may have a historical value to the Kowie Museum.
Before disposing of items which may have a historic value relating to the region’s past, please call the curator who will gladly evaluate the items, and if deemed of historical value, accept them as exhibits.
Curator: Yvonne Surtees – curator(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)kowiemuseum.co.za or on 071 228 8228