We Feel Like a Million Bucks!
Cape Town, South Africa, 14 July 2021 – Walk4Africa.org (W4A) has launched an innovative virtual walkathon fundraising event that aims to raise 1 million ZAR (about 70,000 USD) to aid our work with animals.
This couldn’t have come at a better time for us, given the increased demand for our services coupled with a reduction in donor capacity to give as many face salary cuts and unemployment.
Without funding, the SPCA would be unable to perform our essential rescue services. The Cape of Good Hope and the Garden Route SPCA (both beneficiaries of this event), spend an average of 519 ZAR ($35) per animal rescue effort. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA provided services to 15 413 animals in need of rescue last year. We estimate that we will face expenses of around 7.9M in the coming year to maintain our services.
“The virtual walkathon is a precursor to the Walk 4 Africa physical event from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town during Tourism Month (September), which aims to boost domestic tourism revenue for service providers in the Southern/Western Cape region. Both the virtual and the physical events will raise much needed funds for animal welfare,” says Walk4Africa.org’s founder and event organiser, Desmond Langkilde. “Our target is to raise R1 million for our event beneficiaries.”
The best part about this event is that you can do it anywhere! The virtual event concept is for participants to use their fitness device (watch, pedometer or heart rate monitor) to record their walk, run, ride, swim, hike, or gym workout. They then join W4As Strava Club Event, which converts the participants’ device data records (calories burned) to distance (kilometers) and displays the top 10 performers in the club leaderboard. The virtual event runs for three months (July to September 2021) and the top ten leaders will be awarded accommodation or restaurant vouchers when the event closes on World Tourism Day (27 September).
“We are excited to be nominated as Walk4Africa’s event beneficiary,” says Natasha Johannes, Fundraising Officer for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. “Both of their events are certainly unique and, as far as I know, a first for the country. Considering that our core mandate is the prevention of cruelty to animals, it makes sense for the proceeds of an event of this size to go towards the work of our Inspectorate who are at the coalface of our prevention of cruelty work. So, the event fundraising target of R1 million would directly translate to the rescue and recovery of 1 930 animals.”
Tickets for the Virtual Walk/Run/Ride 4 Animal Rescue SPCA Fundraiser can be purchased at R350 ($25) per entry from Quicket.co.za. Regular SPCA donors can also enter by logging into the GivenGain crowdfunding platform.