Join the Māui Dolphin Challenge
Today, WWF-New Zealand officially launched the Māui Dolphin Challenge, our fundraising campaign to save one of our most endangered and beloved animals. The campaign challenges New Zealanders to fundraise by pledging to do something involving the number 63. Whether it’s walking 63 kilometres or picking up 63 kilograms of rubbish, people across the country are already signing up to take part in creative fundraising challenges.
WWF-New Zealand Campaigner David Tong said the focus of the campaign was saving the last 63 Māui dolphins.
“Māui dolphins are found only off the west coast of the North Island – nowhere else in the world, and they’re right on the brink of extinction,” David said. “The Māui Dolphin Challenge is about getting as many New Zealanders as possible involved to support these wonderful animals.”
This is the second year the campaign has run. In 2016, hundreds of New Zealanders took up the Challenge including yoga workouts, going 55 days without producing any rubbish, and swimming in the sea every day.
“We were incredibly inspired by everyone’s creative ideas last year, and it was amazing that together we raised $25,000. And this year we want to go even bigger!” David said.
The 2017 campaign was launched with a video featuring singer-songwriter Jamie McDell. Last year Jamie was among those who took up a Challenge, writing a song inspired by the Māui dolphins and recording it with 55 singers who entered online auditions.
“This year it's your turn to take up a challenge! All of your challenges will raise awareness for these awesome dolphins,” said Jamie.
This year’s Challenge is off to a great start, having already raised nearly $5000. It’s attracted the support of a diverse range of New Zealanders including students from Victoria University of Wellington, iconic New Zealand brands like Raglan Coconut Yoghurt, and businesses like café Dear Jervois.
“Donations, big and small, will be put to good use to help keep fun, playful, intelligent Māui dolphins thriving in our waters,” said Tesh Randall, from Raglan Coconut Yoghurt.
Other people already signed up to take a Challenge include three-year-old Scarlett, who is not only baking and picking up rubbish, but spreading the word about these animals with presentations to her kindergarten friends.
“I’ll be cycling 63km every day for a week to raise money for our campaign,” said David. “These unique dolphins are priceless, and they need all the help they can get.”
How to get involved in the Māui Dolphin Challenge:
1. Choose a challenge – no matter how big or small.
2. Create a fundraising page at mauidolphin.org.nz
3. Get your friends and family to sponsor you – spread the word far and wide!