The Wildlife Waddler v The Unathletic Councillor

$6,200 of $5,000 goal
Given by 98 generous donors in 6 weeks

Steve Walker & Aaron Hawkins are busting a gut to fund vital surgery for our iconic yellow-eyed penguins at the Wildlife Hospital, Dunedin.


Steve Walker (Hospital Trust Chair) & Aaron Hawkins (Dunedin City Councillor) are big fans of the staff and volunteers at the Wildlife Hospital, Dunedin.

The hospital's most frequent visitors are the amazing yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho), an iconic species living on the south east coast of the South Island. Their numbers are dwindling and their future is far from secure.

On hearing that a yellow-eyed penguin surgery costs $500, Steve and Aaron decided that they would run the Papatowai Challenge - a 15.5km race in the Catlins, which many hoiho call home - to try and raise $5000 for 10 operations.

The best bit? Steve HATES running and Aaron's lumbering form is better suited to a board room, but their gripes and 'condition' are nothing compared to the threats being faced by these wonderful birds.

Please give generously, even if you only want to see Steve & Aaron suffer!

Steve Walker's involvement (page creator)

I Chair the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital Trust Board and am prepared to put myself through pain in order to help raise funds for life saving surgery on our amazing hoiho.

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Latest donations

Leonie Henderson
Leonie Henderson on 26 Feb 2019
Thanks so much for your efforts!
Catherine Hosted
Catherine Hosted on 26 Feb 2019
Well done for all your efforts
Jenny on 26 Feb 2019
Great effort for a great cause
Kirsty on 26 Feb 2019
Great effort, great cause!
Jo on 25 Feb 2019

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This page was created on 17 Jan 2019 and closed on 28 Feb 2019.