Charity walk for man’s best friend

2019-07-16 06:00
Dogs barked as they were cruising at the beach during a walk for a good cause.                    photo: siphesihle notwabaza

Dogs barked as they were cruising at the beach during a walk for a good cause. photo: siphesihle notwabaza

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Dog lovers and owners from different areas converged at Strandfontein Pavilion on Saturday 6 July for a charity walk.

The event was organised by Endure Pits a community organisation that does awareness drives in different communities to discourage people from dog-fighting.

The Saturday’s chilly weather did not deter their mission as they pulled their dogs on the sea shores while preaching the gospel of charity, and to love dogs.

They said the walk was aimed at raising funds and collecting clothing items to be donated to Elonwabeni Child and Family Care Centre. The centre is based in Mitchell’s Plain and it houses children who are affected by HIV/Aids, drug abuse, sexual abuse, abandonment and neglect.

Leading from the front, organiser, Wazeer Khan said they decided to do the event to raise their voices on behalf of dogs and to also do their bit in helping the children at the centre.

“It is the first time that we are doing this and we are hoping to do more of these events in the future,” explained Khan.

Khan said they wanted to spread the message to people that there is more to dogs than just being animals.

Joining in the walk was Martino Wessels, another member of the organisation, Grant Petersen from Grassy Park and his Kraaifontein counterpart Mariska Clarence.

Wessels said even though the event is about awareness and giving back to the community it was also about giving dog owners an opportunity to have fun and show off their dogs.

Clarence said she joined the movement because she is passionate about the message behind it. The message is about caring for dogs and giving back to the community. She brought her two dogs named Saphira and Sjerrie.

She said she will return if the event is taking place again next year.

“People need to realise that they need to take good care of dogs. They must raise them well and make sure they socialise with people,” she encouraged.

For Peterson, the event spoke to his heart. He believes in giving back to the community. He also likes to show off his pitbull named Queen.

He has had the dog for more than a year. His advice to potential dog owners is to first do a research about the type of dogs they will would like to get in order to prepare for traits common to that breed.

“When they finally have a dog, they must treat it like family. They must treat them with care. Dogs are loving, lovely and very strong,” he said.

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