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EP Alfa Romeo Club and SANCCOB host penguin charity run

APRIL 10, 2015
EP Alfa Romeo Club and SANCCOB host penguin charity run

The Eastern Province (EP) Alfa Romeo club is hosting a charity run event on Sunday, 19 April 2015, from Port Elizabeth to Cape St. Francis in aid of SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) and their vital seabird conservation work with the endangered African penguin.

Along the way, members of the EP Alfa Romeo club will be collecting donations for SANCCOB before releasing two rehabilitated penguins, christened ‘Alfa’ and ‘Romeo’, back into the wild at SANCCOB’s centre at the Seal Point Lighthouse in Cape St. Francis.

The EP Alfa Romeo Club, along with SANCCOB, appeal to all members of the public to support this important campaign by making a monetary donation or donate an item on SANCCOB’s wish list (below) before Saturday, 18 April 2015. The preferred donation items include:

(1)          R50 for a 5kg box of pilchards

(2)          R125 toward veterinary care

(3)          R250 toward pool and pen maintenance

(4)          R500 toward an African penguin’s rehabilitation and release costs

Or any of the following wish list items:

(1)          Old towels for our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients

(2)          Old wetsuit sleeves for staff and patient well-being

(3)          Small plastic containers for storing medical supplies

(4)          Any stationery toward our environmental education programme

Drop-off points for donations include the Supa Quick Auto Centre (Linton Grange, Port Elizabeth), Wimpy (Fountains Mall, Jeffreys Bay) and the SANCCOB seabird centre in Cape St. Francis. Each drop-off point will have a big penguin money box for monetary donations and a SANCCOB labelled deposit box for donated goods.

The EP Alfa Romeo club members will depart from Supa Quick Auto Centre at 11h00 on Sunday, 19th April, and stop at the Wimpy in Jeffreys Bay at 12h00 before continuing their journey to SANCCOB’s seabird centre for the release of the two adopted penguins at 14h00.

All members of the public are invited to join the public penguin release as ‘Alfa’ and ‘Romeo’ head back into the wild at Seal Point Lighthouse.

Today, less than 2% of the African penguin population remain in the wild and is only found along southern Africa’s coastline. As an indicator species, their rapid decline highlights the alarming state that our oceans are in.

SANCCOB has been at the forefront of saving the endangered African penguin since 1968 and treats close to 1 500 ill, injured and abandoned African penguins at both its centres during a non-spill year.

For more information and to view the charity run ‘wish list’, visit www.sanccob.co.za/events or contact Louanne (SANCCOB) at 042 298 0160 or[email protected].