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October 10, 2009

Marine theme for SANCCOB benefit evening

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Tarryn Matthei-Everts of Cape Town Tourism, Kirstenbosch, the mermaid of the evening, is flanked by Miss Earth 2009 First Runner Up and Miss Earth Ambassador

September 25 marked the 9th Annual South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) benefit evening, and Cape Town Tourism was privileged to join forces with the internationally recognised leader in seabird rehabilitation.

The SANCCOB benefit evening is an auction event that raises much needed funds for the seabird rehabilitation centre. The theme this year was “Go Green with Marine”.

Even though I wore purple, at least I looked like a mermaid, not to mention that it was a masked ball, which made the night even more magical. Chriszanne from our Simon’s Town VIC looked lovely in orange, and together we flew the Cape Town Tourism flag, resplendent in our colourful gowns.

The beautiful venue bordering the Boulders Beach penguin colony was absolutely ideal, and even the penguins fitted right in with their “tuxedos” – or maybe it was the men who fitted right in with the colony…

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Michelle Garforth-Venter and husband Riaan Venter aka Die Nuts Man on the red carpet

Some of the evening’s guests included our host, Michelle Garforth-Venter, a television anchor, producer and journalist, Alderman Nicki Holderness, councillor of Simon’s Town and Venessa Strauss, SANCCOB’s Chief Executive Officer. Miss Earth 2009 assisted with the auction and added a touch of glamour to the evening’s events. Each of these women is phenomenal and truly committed to the cause. I spent the evening with them and enjoyed their friendly, down-to-earth nature, not to mention Die Nuts Man, Michelle’s ballroom-dancing, house-fixing hubby. Entertainment was provided by well-known local band Saber, with a special appearance by Jakkie Louw en sy “drie pikkewyne!”

Hollywood’s Amelia Kinkade, the world-renowned “animal communicator” jetted out from Los Angeles to share the special evening. Amelia’s a real-life Dr Doolittle and I would love to have had a chance to meet her and “chat” to Columbine the penguin, our guest of honor. 

The benefit event also marked the start of the Simon’s Town Penguin Festival ( September 25-27), and heralded African Penguin Day on September 26.

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