Shark Spotters receive sizable donation

2019-06-11 06:01

Shark Spotters recently announced that BulkSMS.com has made a generous donation of R36 000 towards the sustainable shark safety programme.

BulkSMS.com, leading bulk SMS service provider, has been supporting Shark Spotters for close to a decade, providing a fast and effective platform for the Spotters to send shark sightings and safety information to their emergency response network, completely free of charge. They also sponsor the network fees of their SMS donation line, allowing them to receive the full R10 of every SMS sent by the public.

In addition, they have provided seed funding for a number of new initiatives over the years, including new spotting locations at Monwabisi and Kogel Bay, the development of the Shark Spotters mobile app and, most recently, making a significant contribution to the crowdfunding campaign to get new binoculars for all the spotters.

“Very few people know that we started BulkSMS 19 years ago primarily as a weather notification service for windsurfers; so marine and coastal conservation is something that has always been close to our hearts. We are very proud to be involved with such a great programme. Not only do they educate and protect beach-goers, they also conduct regular research to better understand the behaviour of sharks; and all whilst creating much-needed employment opportunities within the community,” says Doctor Piet Streicher, managing director of BulkSMS.

The donation received from BulkSMS will be used to fund the day-to-day operations at Shark Spotters, including spotters and exclusion net crew salaries, maintenance of equipment and infrastructure, and to support their education and research programmes.

Sarah Waries, chief executive officer (CEO) of Shark Spotters, says: “BulkSMS have been invaluable allies in the growth and development of Shark Spotters over the years, always stepping in when there is a need, providing essential financial and strategic support to our team. We are incredibly grateful for their assistance to date and are so pleased to have BulkSMS onboard officially as a Gold partner to the programme.”

With 43 staff operating over eight beaches, and their expanding education and research programmes, Shark Spotters relies heavily on public support to ensure they can provide an effective and uninterrupted safety service to the ocean-loving community in Cape Town. Shark Spotters receive 70% of their funding from the City of Cape Town and 20% from the Save Our Seas Foundation, leaving an annual operating shortfall of 10% that needs to be raised through various activities to raise the necessary funds.

V To find out more about the benefits of becoming a Shark Spotter supporter or partner please email sarah@sharkspotters.org.za.

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