It’s Summer time– time to get active and enjoy the outdoors! And while you may not be able to take your beloved pooch with you to the gym, or surfing, or cycling – you CAN take it walkies in the SPCA MyPlanet Wiggle Waggle Walkathon! This year’s iconic dog walk takes place on Sunday 1 December at the Cape Academy of Maths, Science and Technology, Firgrove Way, Tokai.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the hugely popular 4.5km charity dog walk attracts thousands of walkers and their dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds, who’ll put their best foot and paw forward in support of the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA. Last year, 1300 dogs and 2000 walkers took to the streets, and even more people and their dogs are expected to take part this year.
“The event honours the close bond between owner and dog, and provides an opportunity for dog owners to spend quality fun time with their furry best friends. People travel from far and wide to take part in the walk and we are always extremely touched by the love they have for their pets, as well as the loyal support shown to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA”, said SPCA event organiser Juan August.
Television presenter Tracey Lange, and media personality Cato Bekker, who are also both DJ’s on media partner Smile 90.4 FM, will keep the crowds entertained as they take on the role as MC’s for the day.
Before and after the event there will be a wide variety of food and beverages available and this year the popular Wiggle Waggle Christmas Market also returns – with lots of goodies on sale for you and your pet! And there’s plenty to keep the little ones busy with face-painting, a balloon twister, stilt walker, jumping castle, colouring in competitions, a PlayStation/gaming station, and if they’re really good – Santa Clause might come round to hand out a sweets!
Thanks to the support of new event sponsor MyPlanet, all funds raised from entries will go directly to helping the SPCA prevent animal cruelty during the upcoming festive season.
MyPlanet Marketing Manager, Helene Brand, indicated that they were very excited to be involved with such a wholesome event that promotes not only healthy living for both humans and animals, but also the concept of charitable giving through participation. “MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet has been helping to raise funds for schools and charities for more than 14 years. We already give back more than R3 million per month simply through people swiping their MySchool cards. We invite everyone to get involved and help the SPCA raise valuable funds for the work that they do simply by taking part in the Wiggle Waggle and getting a MyPlanet card to use at our partner stores such as Waltons, Engen Quickshops, Kalahari.com, Woolworths, Toys R Us and many more,” said Helene.
Plenty of water points for dogs and their owners will be conveniently located along the route. Marshalls and traffic officials will ensure the safety of the walkers and medical and veterinary crews will be provided by the CoGH SPCA to ensure everyone crosses the finish line in good shape.
Puppies younger than four months are not permitted to take part and owners of short-nose breeds (i.e. bulldogs and pugs) and those with older dogs with joint problems, are also cautioned to consult their veterinarian before committing to take part in the walk.
A discounted entry fee of R35 per person and R25 per dog will be offered to entrants who enter before 17h00 on 29 November 2013. Entries on the day of the event will open at 7am at a cost of R40 per person and R30 per dog. Children in prams participate at no cost.
All participants must provide proof of entry and register on the day to take part. Registration opens at 7h00. Walk starts promptly at 9h00.
For more information on the route, venue and registration details, visit www.spca-ct.co.za or contact the CoGH SPCA on 021 700 4141/80.