Donations lift charity groups

2019-10-23 06:00
Handing over donations at SPCA are Bluff Meat Supply representatives (from left) Cecilia Bestbier and Mark Lederle with Sandy Homan of SPCA and Simlindile Zondi.PHOTO: NTANDOYENKOSI DLAMINI

Handing over donations at SPCA are Bluff Meat Supply representatives (from left) Cecilia Bestbier and Mark Lederle with Sandy Homan of SPCA and Simlindile Zondi.PHOTO: NTANDOYENKOSI DLAMINI

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THE Pietermaritzburg SPCA was one of the beneficiaries that received a generous donation from Bluff Meat Supply (BMS) and the Round Table (PMB 12) last Thursday.

Mark Lederle of BMS said after raising R21 000 at the Witness Garden Show and receiving a donation from the Round Table, R31 000 was allocated to various charity initiatives such as the FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation KZN, which received R10 000, the SPCA with R11 300, Thurlow Honorary Officers received R5 000 and the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy Game Warden got R5 000.

At the SPCA, Lederle handed over dog and cat food as well as sleeping beds. SPCA boarding manager Sandy Homan said the donation is like a breath of fresh air.

“SPCA is always in need of donations and this hit the right spot. The animals are going to be so chuffed,” said Homan.

Lederle explained that with the help of the Witness Garden Show they were able to generate funds for charity and this year they decided on local wildlife conservation and animal welfare.

“FreeMe is doing great work with the rehabilitation and more injured wildlife while the Ezemvelo Honorary Officers are a dedicated bunch of guys who donate a lot of their time and resources to conservation in general,” said Lederle.

Lederle also went to Ashburton to hand over funds to Lucky “Hardlife” Makuyana, who is hailed as a gem in the Ashburton community as he regularly patrols the area, removing countless snares, responding to and disrupting poaching incidents.

Dedicated conservationists at heart, Lederle said the BMS are concerned and aware of the remaining wildlife being under increased pressure from habitat loss, alien vegetation and poaching.

“We are thankful for the work our recipients do in the Pietermaritzburg area.

These are people who are out there working tirelessly behind the scenes to help reduce or hopefully eliminate these issues and hopefully at the next Witness Garden Show we can raise even more funds,” said Lederle.

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