SPCA gets cash boost

2017-08-09 06:02
Ronnie Yeoman, manager of the SPCA (front right) and the charity’s chairman, Martin Pieterse (back second from right), accepted a cheque for R16 000 from the RAS. With them are (back from left) Gavin Matthews, Terry Stracha, CEO of the Royal Agricultural Society, Izak Hofmeyer from Veeplaas, (front, from left) Janice Will of the RAS, and Chari Liebenberg, of NMR Engineering.PHOTO: Estelle Sinkins

Ronnie Yeoman, manager of the SPCA (front right) and the charity’s chairman, Martin Pieterse (back second from right), accepted a cheque for R16 000 from the RAS. With them are (back from left) Gavin Matthews, Terry Stracha, CEO of the Royal Agricultural Society, Izak Hofmeyer from Veeplaas, (front, from left) Janice Will of the RAS, and Chari Liebenberg, of NMR Engineering.PHOTO: Estelle Sinkins

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THE Pietermaritzburg SPCA received a welcome cash injection thanks to the expert auction patter of Gavin Matthews and guests at the Royal Agricultural Show (RAS) Gold Cup dinner.

Ronnnie Yeoman, manager of the charity, and Martin Pieterse, its chairman, accepted a cheque for R16 000 from RAS chief executive officer, Terry Strachan on Monday.

Also present were Izak Hofmeyer, regional manager of Veeplaas magazine, which organised the KwaZulu-Natal leg of Toyota SA National Young Auctioneer’s competition, won by Matthews, and one of the evening’s leading bidders, Chari Liebenberg from NMR Engineering in Mooi River.

Held during the Royal Show, the competition, which aims to encourage people to get involved in the auctioneering profession, was divided into two categories, juniors aged 19 and younger, and those aged 30 and older.

Participants were judged according to their rostrum performance and knowledge of livestock.

Matthews, a farmer from Lowlands, near Estcourt, won the senior category and a R1000 prize from the RAS at the KZN leg, held on Saturday, May 27. He then cajoled guests at the Gold Cup dinner to part with their cash on Wednesday, July 31.

Matthews will be participating in the finals of the auctioneer’s competition at the ALFA Expo in Parys, Free State, on September 13. The winner will represent South Africa in Argentina in 2018.

Accepting the RAS donation, Pieterse said that some of the money would help the organisation to make essential upgrades to its security and computer systems.

“There are a lot of projects that we need and would like to do,” he added.

For example having security cameras that work so that we can make sure the animals are monitored after hours.”

The SPCA, which no longer receives any funding from the National Lottery, takes care of between 500 and 600 dogs every month and between 200 and 300 cats and needs the support of the public to help feed the animals and give them medical treatment.

“We are very excited to receive this money,” said Yeoman. “We are one hundred percent funded through donations ... [and] every financial contribution that we receive helps us to help the animals in our care.”

She appealed to residents of Pietermaritzburg to support the organisation through donations of food for the animals, clothing or books for its charity shops, expertise or time.

Residents interested in having a stall at the SPCA can call Ronnie Yeoman at 083 656 1279. A stall costs R50.

- Estelle Sinkins

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