Organisers aim for at least 2000 dogs in charity walking event

2011-06-15 00:00

A THOUSAND paws is only 250 dogs, easily exceeded at last year’s walk. This year the organisers of the Weekend Witness Thousand Paws for SPCA are aiming for at least two thousand paws trotting around the scenic walks at Hilton College on Sunday, July 10.

This is a day for the whole family, especially the canine members, to do something different together. Choose between the two-kilometre easy stroll around the scenic school grounds or the more rugged four-kilometre walk with wonderful views of the Albert Falls Dam and the Umgeni Valley. Or if you and your dogs are fit, walk them both.

There will be a tea and beer garden. Entertainment will be supplied by a pipe band, tug-of-war for all comers, dog jumping and agility displays with spectator participation, dancing with dogs, trick routines and township dog training demonstrations from Funda Nenja (Mpophomeni) and the Bruntville team.

Kiddies can join in when they are not being amused by Simba the Lion and his variety of childrens’ games. There will also be plenty of stalls offering items of interest for the whole family as well as a raffle with fabulous prizes.

The gates open at 9 am and the walks will be from 10 am to around 2 pm. The cost is R25 for persons over six years and R10 per dog.

Walkers are urged to ask for sponsorship forms and get friends, family and colleagues to sponsor their walk. Sponsored walkers raise a huge amount of money for the SPCA and there is a great prize for the most sponsorship raised.

Entry forms and sponsorship forms will be available soon from all three participating SPCAs — Mooi River, Pietermaritzburg and uMngeni (Howick) — and can be downloaded from the uMngeni SPCA website: www.umngenispca.org.za. Inquiries call Pam at 033 330 7561 or Heather at 033 330 5299.

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