Waddle for a Week 2013 – Day Four
By Katja Rockstroh / 26 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.
Day four of the waddle meant the longest day of the week was upon us – 29km of hot, open road. The team prepared for the day with a homemade breakfast at one of the cottages at The Grail Centre.
Before we started the walk, the Arabella Hotel & Spa invited us for some coffee and pastries.
Cape Nature joined us again for the day and brought along a four-legged waddler, Dundee.
The waddlers reached Kleinmond in no time, covering 10km of the 29km.
Whale Coast Tourism provided us with some refreshments at Siyabulela Pre-Primary School, and the waddlers got to enjoy the company of the children, who danced and sang for us.
A special thank you to the Betty’s Bay councillor, Lisel Krige, who showed her support by buying the thirsty waddlers refreshing drinks, before joining us on the last stretch to the Stony Point penguin colony.
Thank you also to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden staff who stood on the roadside, encouraging us over the last few kilometres.
Day five, our second last day, starts at Bikini Beach in Gordon’s Bay at 10am and ends at the Somerset West Mall. It will be a short, but fun, walk of 11km. Please join us – the whole way, or just for part of it, if you can.
Again, if you are in a car driving along this route, please hoot! The total number of hoots on day four was 431, with 1 582 cars driving past. Our “success rate” on day four was 27%! However, we contributed to the low success rate owing to the fact that our “Hoot for Penguins” signs had to be taken for repairs halfway through the day. Thank you, Don Ingle, for fixing them for us!
Thank you to our sponsors:
- The Grail Centre
- Cape Nature
- Two Oceans Aquarium
- uShaka Marine World
- Chrysler Jeep Newlands
- Brands For Change