SPCA’s “Aquaman” Prepares for Historic 200th Swim

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Howard Warrington: SPCA’s “Aquaman” with a Heart of Gold Prepares for Historic 200th Swim to Save Animal Lives

59-year-old Howard Warrington from Somerset West, is about to make a splash that’ll be heard around the world.  He’ll soon become the first man in the world to complete the open water endurance swim from Robben Island to Blouberg 200 times. And he won’t only be making history, Howard will be saving animal lives with every stroke he gives during his 7.4km, 2-4-hour long endurance swim.

Howard’s 200th swim will take place on Sunday the 23rd of June 2024 and he’ll face extremely cold water temperatures, unpredictable currents and relentless waves, all in the name of saving animal lives.  

Please join us to be part of history in the making! Come and cheer on a local hero who’s on a purpose driven mission to make a difference!  Be at the Big Bay Surf Life Saving Club from 8:00am – 13:00pm to get in on the action, shout your support from the shore and show Howard some love. There will be free coffee, good company and a surprise or two.  

More reasons not to miss Howard's 200th swim and incredible effort this coming Sunday, 23rd of June 2024!

Cape of Good Hope SPCA will operate a mobile animal clinic who will offer FREE rabies vaccinations for your pets. You may also microchip your pet for R170.

Help Howard reach his goal of R150 000.00.
Donate on site at our Mobile Clinic!

PLUS On The Bay Bar and Grill is offering a 20% off your bill on the 23 June 2024 when you present proof of your donation to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.  It’s their way of thanking you for supporting us.

Date: Sunday, June 23, 2024
Location: On the Bay Bar & Grill, Eden on the Bay Mall

“He’s proof that heroes don’t always fly!  Sometimes, they wear Speedos and they dive in head first when they hear a cry for help!” says Belinda Abraham Spokesperson for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

Howard has raised R140 000.00 of his R150 000.00 goal.  Please support this incredible effort with your donation made now!

Through his efforts, Howard hopes to raise R150 000.00 to support the work of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s Animal Hospital. Every day, around 150 animals arrive at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s Animal Hospital in Grassy Park, in desperate need of help. For all these animals, whether they are stray or loved by owners who are struggling to make ends meet, the SPCA’s Animal Hospital is their last and only hope.  

Belinda Abraham says “Our commitment to these animals is resolute but it comes at a significant cost. Last year our hospital incurred a loss of R5.1M. This level of financial strain is not sustainable and we’re incredibly grateful to Howard for pushing himself to his limits, so we never have to reach ours.”

Howard holds the current world record for completing 150 swims from Robben Island to Blouberg. His other achievements include crossing the English Channel, conquering 8 Ironman triathlons, running 6 Comrades marathons, participating in 26 Cape Town Cycle Tours, and completing an impressive tally of 64 marathons and 243 half marathons.

“As an endurance athlete, I’ve dedicated my life to pushing my physical limits both in water and on land”, says Howard, “yet, none of my personal challenges come close to the daily struggles endured by countless animals and the relentless efforts of the SPCA to rescue and care for them. My 200th swim, is not just about setting a new world record, it’s about turning the tide of animal suffering into a wave of hope and healing”.

We extend our thanks to every person who contributed towards Howards Swim4Survival challenge 2024, with special thanks to Finmar Financial Services, Magson Marine, Montagu Toyota, Nissan Helderberg, the Westvaal Motorgroup for their financial support as well as the Big Events Team, Howard’s wife Elmarie Warrington and their dog child Lily for organising, skippering, spotting and shark watching. 

Help Howard to reach his R150 000.00 goal!  Donate now!



If you want to combine your love of sport and animals then this is the purr-fect place for you to make a difference!

It’s not going to be easy but you can help make it worth it!

Join Team SPCA team to run, cycle or participate in any other sports event and through the funds you raise along your journey you ensure that countless animals get the help and love they deserve.

Because change begins with someone like you.

Whether you like to run like a breeze, cycle like the wind, shake your tail feathers or just monkey-around, it all starts with unleashing the animal inside of you.

With the funds that you raise you will help us to continue to Speak for, Protect and Care for Animals. If you need any support along the way, our animal loving fundraising teams are here to help you have as much fun and raise as much money as possible.

Ready. Get set. Go and open this brochure for more information. Print it, email it, share it with someone you know who would like to make their race count for more!

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