Waddle for a Week 2013 – Day One
By Katja Rockstroh / 23 April 2013
Two Oceans Aquarium Environmental Education Centre P.A. to Head of Education Katja Rockstroh is on the road this week, live-tweeting and blogging from the annual Waddle for a Week for the African penguin.
While the Great White House has been our avid supporter for all three Waddle For A Week events (a special thank you to Alouise Lynch for being helpful as always), Saxon Lodge is a new sponsor this year. Apart from offering accommodation, it also provided a great braai and lovely breakfast for all the waddlers. Thank you to Caron Lee and Dave Sawtelle for their great hospitality.
The morning of day one arrived, and it could not have been more fitting as it was also Earth Day. Earth Day encourages people to think about the difference they can make, however small, for the benefit of our planet.
We all met up at Gansbaai Tourism and readied ourselves for the first stretch of the waddle.
And we then headed off, holding our “Hoot for Penguins” signs high.
Day one was a shortish waddle, with only 20km covered. It was a good warm up, though, since the distance will increase daily until Friday.
Within record time (four hours), our waddlers reached Stanford.
Once we reached Stanford, we awaited schoolchildren from Die Bruyn Primary School, Okkie Smuts Primary School and Troost Homeschool. We also had people from the Stanford Bird Club and Stanford Tourism join us.
After walking through town of Stanford with all the children (and getting a few additional hoots), it was relaxation time for our waddlers, who were feeling the effects of the first day and needed to rest their limbs.
Day two starts in Stanford and ends in Hermanus. Please join us on the Waddle – for the full 24km if you are keen, or even just for 1km, if so inclined. We would love the company. If you are in a car driving along this route, please hoot!
The total number of hoots on day one was 364, with 772 cars driving past. That is a 47% “success rate”. We will try to beat that every day!
Thank you to our sponsors:
- Saxon Lodge – Dave and Caron: www.saxonlodge.com
- Great White House/Dyer Island Conservation Trust – Alouise Lynch
- Cape Nature
- Two Oceans Aquarium
- uShaka Marine World
- Chrysler Jeep Newlands
- Brands For Change