From 11 April 2016, for six days, 16 penguin lovers from all over South Africa (plus one from the UK) will be walking 125 from Gansbaai to Boulders Beach in Simonstown. The mission behind this meander: to raise awareness for the endangered African penguin, and to encourage everyone we meet to take action and make a “penguin promise”. What’s good for penguins is good for all animals, including ourselves. The Waddle for a Week campaign, now in its sixth year, is led by African penguin conservation initiative Penguin Promises and the Two Oceans Aquarium.
Day 3 of the 2016 Penguin Promises Waddle for a Week event was long and hard.
We covered 24km on the freeway between Hermanus and Arabella near Kleinmond.
There was a lot more traffic, though, so we broke our “hoot for penguins” record!
Yesterday we received 857 hoots, and today we got 1 450!
Please make a noise when you see us!
Day 3 is usually when the “reality” of the waddlers’ six-day commitment sets in. Various body parts ache by now – toes, ankles, shins, calves, thighs, hips and backs.
For this reason, Day 3 is typically a very contemplative day and waddlers are encouraged to walk most of the distance in silence. During this time, we reflect on why we decided to waddle and how we can further support the action campaign we’ve dedicated this week to. To that end, we’ll all be making our own penguin promises while we’re on the waddle, which we are expected to keep long after the waddle is but a memory.
Our penguin promises
Cara Bloem-Balintulo: Old Mutual Finance Digital Marketing Consultant
“Today is Day 3 of the Penguin Promises Waddle for a Week, and I’ve been struggling to come up with something that I can commit to. But thinking about it … I shop often. I use plastic bags a lot. And that’s one thing that I can actually commit to: to not use single-use plastic bags. Plastic bags end up in landfills or they end up in the sea, where they could be swallowed by animals and in the process kill animals. So my promise is to not use plastic bags and to save animals in the process.”
Find out how you can ban the bag from your home with the Rethink the Bag campaign.
Thank you to Old Mutual Finance for not only sponsoring our Waddle but also for sending two human resources to help us raise awareness and inspire action!
Louise Myburgh: SANCCOB Fundraising Assistant
“My penguin promise is to say no to plastic bottles. Of course not just bottled water, but cooldrinks too. Working with seabirds, I see the effects that plastic bottles have on wildlife. The loops around plastic bottles often get stuck around birds’ feet when they’re small, so when they grow up these loops restrict the blood flow to their feet, and then we have to amputate. Also, they swallow the bottle caps, which block their digestive track.”
Find out more about the devastating effect of plastic loops through our Cut A Loop campaign.
Lesley Labuschagne: uShaka Sea World Herpetologist
“My penguin promise is to not buy imported goods! I’ve been one of those spoilt brats who just loves imported chocolates and imported wines, and yet South Africa makes such stunning everything, including vegetables. So only South African goods from now on. Goods that are imported have big carbon footprints, and over-reliance on imported goods takes work away from locals. And also the packaging that it all comes in! They have to package it so much more than our local stuff.”
Waddle you do for the environment? Leave us a message on the Penguin Promises website. Commit today for a better future!
Watch the Day 3 highlights
- Penguin Promises Waddle for a Week 2016: Day 1 – Gansbaai to Stanford (20km)
- Penguin Promises Waddle for a Week 2016: Day 2 – Stanford to Hermanus (24km)
A big thank you to the sponsors who make the Waddle possible:
- Two Oceans Aquarium
- uShaka Sea World
- Old Mutual Finance
- De Kat Safaris
- First Ascent
- XXL Brands
- Badges Unlimited
- Better Earth
- SPAR Western Cape