SA Swimmer Sarah Ferguson brav

SA Swimmer Sarah Ferguson braves 100km for plastic pollution

Sarah Ferguson is an ambassador for SPAR Eastern Cape’s Stop Plastic campaign and recently swam 100km over a six-day period.

SA Swimmer Sarah Ferguson brav

Former South African international swimmer, Sarah Ferguson completed a 100km swim from Mozambique to the Elephant Coast to fight plastic pollution.

The Cape Town-based physiotherapist is an ambassador for SPAR Eastern Cape’s Stop Plastic campaign and swam 100km over a six-day period, from Ponta Dobela in Mozambique to Sodwana Bay in KwaZulu-Natal last month.

According to Grocott’s Mail, Ferguson linked up with SPAR in July to support them in their Stop Plastic campaign, which was launched in April.

“The Eastern Cape retail giant are focused on ending the practice of single-use plastic by encouraging consumers to consider the dangers the material poses to the world and offering them alternative and viable packaging options,” the publication states.

“The chief objective of the swim is to create a seven-part documentary series which Ferguson’s environmental movement, Breathe Conservation, is producing to demonstrate the threat of plastic pollution.”

She reportedly said her intimate encounters with ocean animals had made a lasting impression.

“The sound of humpback whales and the waves pushing me from behind, plus the odd turtle and shark sighting, was enthralling and filled me with such a sense of awe and immense well-being,” said Ferguson.

“Also, being totally exposed to the elements was utterly invigorating and freeing.”

She also spoke about the importance of society taking responsibility for the threat posed by plastic.

“The issue of plastic pollution is a global one,” she said. “The marine animals I was privileged to swim amongst are essential for our ecosystem.

“They do not have a voice to speak out on the negative effects of human ignorance and waste and I am choosing to use my voice to advocate on their behalf.

“We are destroying the planet we are called to look after. It is not too late to change but if we do not change our behaviour today, the next generation may not have the privilege of encountering marine life like I have been blessed to encounter.”

Last year she also swam 42km for Breathe Conservation which focuses on educating the public on plastic pollution.

“I want to encourage people to save the sea’s inhabitants,” she says in the video down below. “The ocean brings life, and my life has always been the ocean.”

Watch Sarah Ferguson in action down below:

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