Umhlanga student elected as youth ambassador for Antarctica trip

Umhlanga student elected as youth ambassador for Antarctica trip

An adventure of a lifetime for the #NOOW Africa Penguin campaign.

Keira King SANCOOB
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Every year, five Grade 11s from Africa get selected for a trip to Antarctica. 

This exciting trip was won by 17-year-old from Umhlanga, Keira King. 

She was awarded this ambassadorship from Matrics In Antarctica for an outstanding effort towards environmental sustainability and awareness on the topic. 

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Candice King, Keira's mother, is so proud that her daughter is able to share her passion with the world.

“Keira made the top 100 by writing an essay on sustainable packaging; top 50 with a video on how she will make a difference; and then to make top 5 she was interviewed,” Candice shares. 

TUNE IN to East Coast Breakfast today at 06:00 for the exclusive interview with this local legend.

Keira departs to the Land of Penguins on the 6th of December 2023, as part of South African explorer Riaan Manser and Professor Jonathan Jansens’ Antarctic initiative.

The project aims to motivate graduating high school students to contemplate ways they can counteract the impacts of climate change and global warming within their communities.

We can’t wait to hear about the awesome encounters and life-changing education Keira will get to experience on this trip. 

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This isn't the first time Keira has been on our airwaves. 

Keira previously shared her story online about doing the 7.5km Robben Island swim for the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation. 

Keira's lifelong love for the ocean, swimming, and life-saving naturally led her to combine these passions in an effort to save sea creatures.

Her passionate advocacy reminds us that one person can make a profound impact, connecting us all in the preservation of our oceans and its inhabitants.


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