On 8th October, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) is celebrating African Penguin Awareness Day, dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin.
This year, the organisation is taking the celebrations global with their ‘Pennies for Penguins’ campaign and asking penguin lovers all over the world to start their own fundraising campaign for African penguins.
Penguin supporters are encouraged to use the online fundraising platform, Givengain, to set up their campaign in just a few minutes. Givengain is a safe and secure platform where supporters can use a variety of ways to raise funds on behalf of SANCCOB like running a race, hosting a cake sale, selling art or cycling to work for a month and getting family and friends to sponsor each kilometre. Every cent raised will support SANCCOB’s rescue and rehabilitation efforts with African penguins.
SANCCOB is encouraging supporters to share their activities on social media and tag SANCCOB in their tweets and posts. The most creative and engaging activities will win an opportunity to tip a penguin box at the penguin release in Simon’s Town (Cape Town) at the official Penguin Festival on 8th October. International supporters will stand a chance to win a SANCCOB hamper for the most creative post. The competition is open to individuals, schools and businesses and there are different prizes for each category.
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With the help of partners such as SANParks, SANCCOB admits close to 1,500 African penguins (and a 1,000 other seabirds) each year for rehabilitation to its centres and releases them back into to the wild to boost the wild African penguin population. Alarmingly, only 2.5% of the African penguin population remain in the wild today.
All proceeds from the Pennies for Penguins campaign will go towards SANCCOB’s rehabilitation and conservation work in aid of the endangered African penguin and other seabirds.
In addition to the campaign, African Penguin Awareness Day will be celebrated at two locations this year. The official SANParks and SANCCOB Penguin Festival will be held at the Navy Sports Field in Simon’s Town on 8th October and a second penguin release and festival at the Stony Point penguin colony in Betty’s Bay on 15th October, hosted by SANCCOB and CapeNature. Both events include fun-filled activities for young and old, all in the name of saving the endangered African penguin.
You can also support SANCCOB by making them a beneficiary on your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card. The MySchool My Village MyPlanet fundraising programme allows you to choose the charities that matter to you most and gives back a percentage of your purchase value every time you swipe. Because the card is free, it is a long-term solution that anyone can sign up for.