Ray of hope for animals

2016-11-01 06:00
 Photo: supplied Abi Ray is an ambassador for the UAAS calendar campaign in support of Crow.

Photo: supplied Abi Ray is an ambassador for the UAAS calendar campaign in support of Crow.

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WELL-KNOWN Hillcrest resident and radio presenter, come swim instructor, Abi Ray, turned off the microphone after 12 years of being on air.
Known for her well researched and executed radio interviews, Ray decided to remove herself from the mad world of corporate media and entertainment and now it is children between the ages of six months and six years who demand her attention.

“I have found my calling and it is just wonderful how much these little pupils brighten up my day,’’ says Ray, who runs the Learn To Swim programme of Aquazone Swim Club at Curro High in Hillcrest.

A lover of all furry friends, she introduced a segment on the ECR Lady Abi Ray show titled Animal Antics where she chatted to experts on providing the best care for pets, as well as providing non-profit organisations with a platform to gain exposure for the plight of stray, abandoned and abused dogs.

She was delighted to be nominated ambassador for Under an African Sky (UAAS), a voluntary organisation started by Compass Medical Waste Services eight years ago.
Over the years the committee of 10 Compass staff volunteers have raised R1.3 million for animal welfare through their calendar campaign.

“I support this campaign because I believe wildlife on Earth is not ours to meddle with.
Humans can’t just make claim to everything here - resources and animals,’’ she says.

“We are here to share Mother Earth and respect all beings we share it with. If humanity just focused on kindness and respect for others, we’d be able to leave the wildlife for future generations to admire.”

When Ray is not teaching swimming or in the yoga studio, she is overindulging her two dachshunds, Coconut and Bonzo, and the newest members of the family, guinea pigs, Flo and Ramone.

The 2017 calendar is titled “Reflections of Africa” and features South Africa’s wildlife and their reflections in water.
The A2 wall calendar sells for R180, excluding postage, while the CD-size desk calendar, comprising the same photographs, sells for R60. To order your calendar, phone Dianne Reddy on 031 267 9700, email orders@underanafricansky.co.za or visit www.underanafricansky.co.za

All proceeds from calendar sales will be donated to Crow for the rescue, release and rehabilitation of wild animals.
Over the past six years, over R915 000 of the R1.3 million raised has gone to Crow to assist them with the rescue, release and rehabilitation of orphaned and injured wild animals.

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