Waddling for the love of penguins

  • March 13, 2013 | Jane Dlamini

Jane Dlamini is putting in the training for her upcoming Penguin Waddle from Gansbaai to Simon's Town

I have been working at SAAMBR for more than 13 years in the public relations, education and administration departments, and yet 2013 will be my very first Penguin Waddle.

In order to raise awareness of the plight of the African penguin – the only penguin found in South Africa – I am joining some of my colleagues from uShaka Sea World and Two Oceans Aquarium on a 122km journey from Gansbaai to Simon's Town from 22 to 27 May 2013.

The African penguin is an endangered species, and it is a wonderful honour for me to able to leave the office and home and join the 3rd Annual Penguin Promises Waddle.

I know that my feet will be blistered and my legs really tired, but I am very excited to be part of this year’s waddle. I have a special love for the African penguin and am proud to be able to share this love with children and adults along the way – I am a voice for the African penguin.

The Penguin Waddle raises awareness of the plight of the endangered African penguin

I am confident that I will be fit enough to walk the 20-odd kilometres each day because I have started training along the Durban beachfront.

I plan on walking 2km a day for the next couple of days and increasing my distance slowly until I am comfortable walking more than 20km a day.

I imagine that walking in the Cape during autumn will bring its fair share of added challenges, and therefore I plan to include some training in pouring rain, howling wind and thunder!

At all the appointed stops along the route we will be promoting the Penguin Promises campaign, which highlights environmental concerns and offers simple conservation solutions – how each one of us can help.

If you would like to support the waddle in any way, or if you think you will be able to join us somewhere along the route, you are welcome to contact me at info@saambr.org.za and I will find a way that we can work together.

I will keep you updated on how my training is going and how plans for the waddle are proceeding.

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