A trail of Oor Wul­lies is hard to top but a pa­rade of pen­guins pop­ping up for a ter­rific cause? I’m p-p-per­fectly de­lighted

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - Opinion - Lorraine Kelly

Fol­low­ingthe suc­cess of the Oor Wul­lie Bucket Trail in Dundee last year – which saw stat­ues of our fa­mous char­ac­ter placed all over the city – there’s go­ing to be a sim­i­lar event, this time in­volv­ing my all-time favourite crea­ture.

I’m be­yond ex­cited that we are go­ing to see PEN­GUINS pop­ping up where we least ex­pect them, and all beau­ti­fully de­signed and in­di­vid­u­ally dec­o­rated.

It’s a bril­liant idea to raise funds for the Mag­gie’s Cen­tre, which does such im­por­tant work help­ing peo­ple with can­cer – and sup­port­ing loved ones, too.

The event was launched on Fri­day and busi­nesses, or­gan­i­sa­tions and even in­di­vid­u­als can sign up as a pen­guin spon­sor and be part of what will be a his­toric event.

The Wild In Art event will see a Pen­guin Pa­rade of 100 stat­ues in the Dundee area and I can’t wait. I have al­ways loved these com­i­cal crea­tures.

The most ro­man­tic present my hus­band Steve ever bought me was a five-foot em­peror pen­guin statue that sits in our gar­den. In the win­ter, we give him a woolly scarf and hat and, in the sum­mer, he wears gi­ant com­edy sun­glasses.

Steve tracked down the artist who cre­ated the four gor­geous pen­guin stat­ues out­side Dis­cov­ery Point, the in­ter­ac­tive mu­seum in Dundee which gives a real in­sight into the achieve­ments and strug­gles of the heroic Antarc­tic ex­plor­ers like Scott and Shack­le­ton. I filmed a doc­u­men­tary on pen­guins in South Africa – they even have their own emer­gency hos­pi­tal be­cause of all the haz­ards they face.

These lit­tle jack­ass pen­guins have made their home in rocks and on beaches near Cape Town but are of­ten run over by cars or at­tacked by dogs.

They are sadly un­der threat, but their brav­ery is im­pres­sive.

Best of all, ear­lier this year, I man­aged to ful­fil the am­bi­tion of a life­time and visit Antarc­tica and South Ge­or­gia on an ex­pe­di­tion that al­lowed me to get up close to these won­der­ful crea­tures.

I spent hours just watch­ing them interact with each other and it was fas­ci­nat­ing to ob­serve how they all have such dif­fer­ent personalities.

Every­one loves pen­guins and that’s why I think the Pen­guin Pa­rade is such a good way of rais­ing funds for a very im­por­tant cause.

The Mag­gie’s Cen­tres are a haven for peo­ple liv­ing with can­cer. My friend Ray was a reg­u­lar and I know how much it helped him to have some­where he could go for in­for­ma­tion or some space.

Mag­gie’s re­lies on vol­un­tary do­na­tions to keep go­ing and to pro­vide a range of ser­vices that make life bet­ter for can­cer pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

The Pen­guin Pa­rade, in aid of Mag­gie’s in Dundee, will be held for 10 weeks next sum­mer. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.mag­giespen­guin­pa­rade.com or email pen­guin­pa­rade@mag­gies.com

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