Tooth fairy makes Chloe a hero

2016-04-26 06:00
Chloe Crafford is called a planet hero for raising funds for Darg to help animals.

Chloe Crafford is called a planet hero for raising funds for Darg to help animals.

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Chloe Crafford (8) has been called a hero by Domestic Animal Rescue Group (Darg) in Hout Bay after she managed to raise R12 200 to help the non-profit organisation.

Darg is a pro-life welfare adoption centre that supports the rescue, care and rehabilitation of neglected, abandoned and abused domestic animals. The primary focus of the organisation is adoption but it also provides basic medical care, support and free sterilisation for animals in the surrounding communities of Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg.

The Grade 2 pupils from Camps Bay approached Darg and asked them if she could help raise funds and they agreed. Little did they know that they will be left speechless by what an eight-year-old who is scared of dogs, could do.

Debra Buys from Darg says they approved Crafford’s application to raise funds and they were not aware that this young dynamo had set herself such a huge target.

“We are completely gobsmacked with Chloe’s donation of R12 200 as Darg is reliant on the generosity of the public to keep its doors open. This money will go a long way towards paying monthly expenses like vet bills, specialised food and other costs to keep our animals healthy and happy. It has been an absolute privilege to work with this beautiful, selfless and kind young girl.”

Darg now calls Crafford their “Planet Warrior” and as a small gesture of gratitude they will be naming a new puppy “Chloe” in her honour. Crafford has also joined Darg’s Young Volunteer programme to assist with daily chores and puppy training.

One will wonder how the little girl managed to raise so much money. The whole idea for the fundraiser started last year in December when her family was having supper at the waterfront one evening.

“We were looking at the tree they put up every year and Chloe commented that she would like to use the R700 she had saved up from the tooth fairy to buy dogs and cats that had nothing some beds and blankets for Christmas,” says Chloe’ mother, Iike. “My husband suggested that she rather approach a shelter as they would be able to help get the most from the money she wanted to use. He told her that it was such a noble thing she was doing that he would match her R700.”

Without any waste of time she pulled out her pen and notebook and decided that if she was willing to give money to the cause, other people might also contribute. “Chloe decided on Darg as the NPO she wanted to raise money for. She designed a collection form, chatted to friends and family about it, had me put videos on social media where she asked people for help and donations, and it just kind of went from there,” says Iike.

Chloe’s family believes that despite her being scared of dogs, this was a great way for her to get involved and overcome her fear.

“I think the fact that there were animals out there suffering, overshadowed her fear and she badly wanted to make them happy. After visiting Darg and being exposed to what they do, she wants to go there every Saturday and also got involved in the puppy training programme they have.”

IIke says as a parent she is very proud of her daughter’s efforts. “We honestly thought that she would have forgotten about it after a week or so, but she called us together quite a few times for ‘meetings’ to decide when this was going to happen. I’m quite excited to see what initiative she will come up with next”

V Darg would like to invite more children to be like Chloe. Those who want to donate or send applications for fundraising can email Buys on dbuys@intekom.co.za

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