Going walkies: ‘Thousand Paws’ organisers hope to double number of dogs this year

2012-06-12 00:00

MORE than 3 200 paws trotted around the scenic walks at Hilton College in July 2011.

This year, organisers of the Thousand Paws Walk hope to double that number to 1 600 dogs walking the walks.

Schools in Mooi River, Howick, Hilton and Pietermaritzburg have been included in the preparations for the biggest dog walk in the Midlands, and possibly the whole of KwaZulu-Natal.

The pupils are so enthusiastic that they are the masters of the sponsorship drive.

Grandparents, aunts, uncles and parents’ friends are being badgered for a few rands to sponsor them and their dog for the occasion.

Hundreds of children of all ages have taken SPCA sponsorship forms home to try to raise the greatest amount of money for the cause.

Whoever raises the most sponsorship will win a two-night break at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, bordering the Kruger Park.

Participating schools have an interclass competition on the go. The class that raises the most money in sponsorship will share a box of tasty goodies.

Anyone intending to walk with a dog is invited to collect a sponsorship form from any of the three participating SPCAs in Mooi River, Pietermaritzburg or uMngeni (Howick), or download the form from www.umngenispca.org.za.

For those who just want to walk on the day, Sunday July 15, from 9 am, entry is R30 for people over six years and R10 for dogs.

The school grounds offer an easy, scenic, two kilometre walk around the playing fields, while the more adventurous can take the new four kilometre walk through the plantations with views of Albert Falls Dam.

There will be entertainment to suit all ages and tastes, including a lunchtime concert with music by Undercover and prizes awarded to the best “SPCA Special” and a Paws Obstacle Challenge.

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