SAPREC was on the brink of closure due to a lack of funding last month. Now enough donations have been received to keep the centre up and running.
SAPREC serves as a haven for sick and injured penguins and sea birds. They are nursed back to health and released back into the wild. The centre needs at least R5000 a month just to feed the birds and with donations drying up, they faced closure.
SAPREC owner, Carol Walton says: “We had the most fantastic response from the whole country, from businesses and from individual people. I want to say thank you so much to everybody in the whole country, you actually saved us and now we can continue with our work.”
The donations came just in time for their busy season. Walton adds: “June, July is our busy time and then December, January, so you saved us just in time. We have had 15 little penguins since June, released six and still got more that we are rehabilitating at the moment.”
The centre now has enough funds to keep it afloat until next year.