On Friday 18 July 2014 people will be giving up 67 minutes to honour global Icon Nelson Mandela in the first implementation of Mandela Day since his passing. Nelson Mandela Bay, consisting of Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch – the only destination privileged to bear the name of Madiba – will unite through the implementation of a variety of service projects throughout the Bay and show the world why th ebay is known as the city of Freedom.
“It is through Mr Mandela’s leadership, sacrifices, devotion to humanity and humanitarian causes that we are able to live not only in a city of freedom, but an entire nation which has been liberated. It is for these and many other reasons that we will continue to salute and thank Madiba by implementing these legacy campaigns”, says NMBT CEO, Madnlakazi Skefile.
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism has opted to provide public service to the South African Marine and Rehabilitation Centre (SAMREC) this year and invites anyone interested to join. SAMREC is a rehabilitation centre for marine life that plays a vital role in educating the youth about the environment. Since opening it has developed into so much more with the “SAMREC sea school” playing a pivotal role with a number of education programmes to schools, clubs and other institutions in the region.
SAMREC Sea school teachers also visit rural and urban schools, using a wide variety of apparatus to expose children (who might not otherwise ever learn about the Ocean) and their teachers to a virtual marine setting. The SAMREC Centre has proved to be an exciting and attractive tourist attraction, recently being named top tourist attraction in Port Elizabeth by the popular Trip Advisor website.
Due to high running costs, of which the daily electricity consumption is the highest expense, SAMREC is in danger of closing down. In order to overcome this enormous obstacle SAMREC is going green by installing solar panels. Approximately 120 solar panel kits are needed for SAMREC to go completely off the electricity grid completely which will enable the centre to be self sufficient.
Until date an amount of approximately R66 000.000 has been raised by NMBT and SAMREC through various donors and sponsors. This initial phase has lead to the opportunity off the first installation of 12 panels being installed on Mandela Day for SAMREC.
Sponsors include: Elnino Solar, Environserve, The Nelson Mandela Bay Tour Guides Association, C. Booysen, Mr. Port Elizabeth and Heinz, NOSA/She Representatives, SA Plastics, Judy Clark, South African Stay, Rasheed Desai, Kempie, Smith’s Fishing Group and Grey Junior School.
Libby Sharwood of SAMREC said; “We are extremely grateful and happy for all that have contributed to the start of the solar panel installations as this will go a long way to reducing the electricity bill and running costs of the centre.” SAMREC still need many more panels to enable them to be completely off the grid.
On Friday 18 July, Mandlakazi Skefile will hand over a cheque for funds raised, followed painting and upgrading of some of the facilities. Building and painting of an orange “stone sun” will also take place adjacent to the penguin pool symbolising the energy from the sun and the role it plays in saving the penguins. All volunteers and public wishing to join are invited to SAMREC to have a fun day while making a difference. In the spirit of Madiba and his vision to spread social justice and freedom for all, this is your chance to become a part of a continuous global movement for good.
As Madiba once said; “It’s in your hands to make a difference.”
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Article source: http://mype.co.za/new/2014/07/penguin-cleanup/