Ready, set, go! The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) is excited to host our second, annual March for the Penguins – a 5km more FUN than Run family event starting at 8:00 am on Friday 21 December.
Yes, we want to have some FUN, but what are we trying to achieve:
• Fundraising – Caring for our penguin patients is a costly affair, every extra penny we raise through events will ultimately contribute to the cause. • Awareness – The only way to prevent the plummeting penguin population numbers, is by effecting change. Change becomes reality when people are informed about issues. It is our responsibility to educate people about the pressures on the penguins specifically and the greater environment in general. We use events like this to spread the word and to effect change.
What does the event entail?
There is the “Waddle, walk, wander or run but have some fun” main event. A 5 km scenic walk or run along the Kleinbaai coast.
We plan to add some frosting to the walk with additional attractions. This includes:
• Challenging families and groups to dress like a penguin, with prizes for the best penguin impression. Participants will be encouraged to display the African penguin black & white colours. • A Caricaturist to capture the family fun • A world renowned kite maker, flying philosaurusses, zombie chickens, an octopus, and various other objects to brighten the day • Health & Active Spin-a-thon “penguins”, because all events need “spinning”.
• A #ThumbsUpForPenguins campaign – showing support for the penguins by “penguinfying” your thumb nail. • There will be eats & drinks to fortify the penguin participants. • Our conservation partners will be on hand to have the conservation conversation. • The normal coffee, cake & curio’s will be available inside the APSS. Reminder that one can observe the penguin feeding time at 3pm. These are but a few of the highlights of the morning.
What do we need?
We would love for you to be part of this penguin party. We hope to reach our target of 500 entrants and to make this happen we need your support.
• As always we need financial support and any financial contributions towards the costs of this event will be appreciated. These costs includes the hire of the normal event paraphernalia like a tent, sound system and chairs. • Sponsor some lucky draw prizes. • Promote the event through the various channels available to you. • Volunteer your services – we need marshals, water table assistants and people to help manage the various activities. • Join us on the day, bring your family and friends, babies in prams and dogs on leashes. Wear your penguin best and March for the Penguins.
None of our work is possible without the support of our private and corporate donors, and the invaluable support of the tourism industry.
If you are willing to contribute to this “penguin party”, please contact Brenda du Toit to discuss your contribution.
Brenda du Toit Public Relations Manager email@example.com 076 061 3114
Online ticket sales: http://qkt.io/penguin
The APSS is a project of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. We are a seabird rehabilitation facility with special focus on the endangered African penguin. Rescue and rehabilitation are a re-active and much needed conservation action. As part of the DICT pro-active approach to conservation we have been involved in the African penguin artificial nest project since 2006.
The DICT is a registered Non-Profit Organisation as well as a registered Public Benefit Organisation (930032314) in terms of section 30 of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962. Donations to the organisation are exempt from donations tax in terms of section 56(1)(h) of the Act. A taxpayer making a bona fide donation in cash or of property in kind to a section 18A-approved organisation, is entitled to a deduction from taxable income if the donation is supported by the necessary section 18A receipt issued by the organisation. Taxpayers – natural persons, trusts, companies, or close corporations – can deduct from their taxable income, the amounts they donated to approved organisations, up to the value of 10 percent of their taxable income. The DICT qualifies as a LEVEL 1 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment contributor in terms of the requirements of the Amended Codes of Good Practice as gazetted on 11 October 2013