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LEIGH DE NECKER TAKES ON SHARK SMART SWIM CHALLENGE!

LEIGH DE NECKER TAKES ON SHARK SMART SWIM CHALLENGE!

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Leigh is a shark fanatic and the driving force behind this swim! She works as an aquarist at the Two Oceans Aquarium and is an avid runner and open water swimmer. She is also a past MSc student at Shark Spotters. Leigh has completed a number of long-distance swims recently, including multiple Robben Island crossings, and is always up for a challenge!

“For me to do this swim to raise funds and awareness around shark conservation is a real privilege. Shark Spotters gave me the opportunity to complete my Master’s degree, where my research focussed on white shark and sevengill sharks in False Bay. False Bay, therefore, also holds a special place in my heart, as I have spent many hours on, in and under its dynamic waters, having the privilege to see so many of the beautiful shark species that call the magnificent Bay, home. However, in doing so, I have also come to see the sad realities in many of the threats they face. Despite the strength and power sharks are shown to have, they are also incredibly vulnerable. Sharks are vital components of a healthy ocean. An ocean that we depend on for much of our food and for the very air we breathe. It is, therefore, important to share this information and create awareness in order to promote and encourage efforts towards their conservation.” – Leigh de Necker

Leigh will be swimming the full 13km by herself! Each kilometre will represent one of the 13 most common shark species found in False Bay, ranging from the small shy sharks to the majestic great white! Leigh is just as passionate about the smaller and lesser known shark species as she is the more charismatic ones, and so is looking forward to highlighting the important role all sharks play in False Bay.

Please support her by sponsoring her swim and helping her reach her fundraising target of R13,000!

Donations

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Fantastic Leigh, I hope you have an enjoyable swim!!

    " - Tinus Beukes

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    In memory of Andrew Cobb - "Shark Guardian"

    " - Jane Cobb

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "Great cause! Good Luck!!" - Aimee

  • Mar 28, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Proud of you!" - Uncle Robbie

  • Mar 27, 2021 - USD $ 4.23
  • "Great!" - Maciek

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Good going there Leigh " - Mary-Ann Kearns

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Great service in our bay, thanks" - Maura Sanderoff

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "In Memory of Andrew Cobb, Shark Ambassador " - In Memory of Andrew Cobb

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck Leigh. Give it horns." - Stramfam

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "For my best swimming buddy and the sharkies " - Kat

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck Leigh. It’s an amazing feat" - Georgina Smith

  • Mar 27, 2021 - USD $ 33.31
  • "Good luck, Leigh, and thanks for all you do! " - Harry Stone

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 1 500.00
  • "Thank you for all the Education, Support ,Safety and Research you guys provide on a day to day, homegrown level" - Odendaal/Rossouw/Slowey

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "You go girl!! 🤗" - Michelle

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "You going to have a great swim, great initiative!! " - Shoneé

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "You are amazing! Have a blast! " - Mark Fitzy

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "So proud of you, Leigh!" - Melanie

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Keep following your passion Leigh!" - Leon

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Go for it Leigh!" - Gill Attwood

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "." - Sage

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck Leigh...have an awesome, safe swim xx" - Nicky & Jesse

  • Mar 26, 2021 - USD $ 35.00
  • "For the sharkies!! But also for you, you legend X" - Gemma

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Sterkte !" - Brandon Spolander

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "All the best!" - Carmona Vorster

  • Mar 25, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "You got this girl " - DaveW

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "Good luck" - Cynthia

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thanks for doing this Leigh, have a lekker swim" - Leon Nel

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "very impressive! Good luck on the day!!" - Pearson Developments

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing you an amazing swim, great Viz, temp and flat sea. " - Teru Adamson

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "You got this! Keep those 13 species in your heart and 'N' stream as you nail yet another challenge for their greater good! xx" - Alison Towner

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Yassss Shark Girl! Thanks for frothing for sharks. Your passions is contagious." - Maryke Musson

  • Mar 23, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thanks for loving us creatures so well!" - Jaws

  • Mar 23, 2021 - USD $ 101.84
  • "God's Speed Leigh" - Jeffery Trotta

  • Mar 23, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for bringing sharks into the limelight!" - Elize Taljaard

  • Mar 23, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Enjoy the swim!~" - MikeF

  • Mar 23, 2021 - R 180.00
  • "Good luck for the swim" - Samantha Lustig

  • Mar 22, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Such a worthy cause, well done Leigh! Our planet needs more people like you! " - Natalie Rademeyer

  • Mar 18, 2021 - USD $ 13.44
  • "Good luck Leigh!" - Hannah

  • Mar 16, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Good luck with this wonderful initiative. Lots of love. God bless you. " - Nicky

  • Mar 16, 2021 - USD $ 40.00
  • "Good luck Leigh !!! Look forward to our next challenges !!! " - Lindi

  • Mar 16, 2021 - USD $ 33.61
  • "🦈🦈" - Chris E.

  • Mar 15, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "U are an incredible girl Leigh. All the best with this challenge. Just do it!! Like u usually do. 🦈" - Diane

  • Mar 10, 2021 - R 1 300.00
  • "Awesome cause, now I see why you have been doing so much training. " - Rob

  • Mar 10, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Love you! You are an incredible human and the ocean and sharks are lucky to have you! " - Taryn

  • Mar 10, 2021 - R 528.75
  • "Great work, keep it up " - Martin Pienaar

  • Mar 09, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "What you doing is fantastic ! Where there is fear, shed the light of knowledge. " - Tashbash

  • Mar 09, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Fantastic effort. Good luck." - Philip

  • Mar 09, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck my angel!!" - Hein de Necker

  • Mar 09, 2021 - USD $ 64.64
  • "Using your passion and skill to give back and educate us at the same time, well done and excellent cause x!!" - Ryan

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 19 841.73

Fundraising target

R 13 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 650.00
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Shark Spotters improves beach safety by applying innovative and responsible shark safety solutions that reduce the spatial overlap between people and sharks, thereby reducing the risk of a shark bite. We also provide emergency response in the event of a shark incident, as well as conduct cutting-edge applied research on shark behaviour and ecology, raise awareness about shark safety and conservation issues, and provide employment opportunities and skills development for shark spotters.