Paying it forward for pooches

2016-07-12 11:52
Birthday boy with mission to make every dog’s bark better than its bite Mark Anley, seen here with his wife Giselle and doggies Honey, left, and Chilli want help to reach their target of 1000 gifts for the Pets Empowerment in Townships project.

Birthday boy with mission to make every dog’s bark better than its bite Mark Anley, seen here with his wife Giselle and doggies Honey, left, and Chilli want help to reach their target of 1000 gifts for the Pets Empowerment in Townships project.

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When Mark Anley celebrates his birthday in Observatory on Saturday 23 July it will be an event that helps every dog have its day.

Friends, family and dog lovers will be gathering at The Slug and Lettuce at The River Club from 18:30 when he hosts his (belated) birthday party and he wants all his presents to be for pooches in need.

A resident from Kenridge who works in the packaging industry, Mark celebrates his birthday on Thursday 14 July. About two years ago he decided that he wanted his birthday to be about benefitting those in need.

“I grew up in the Parow area and life was never easy for me but there were always people who mentored and motivated me by showing how they care about others,” he says.

“It’s been hard work getting to where I am but now I want to show that by working together we can make a difference in many lives and for many causes. I’ve been blessed in so many ways now it’s my turn to spread that blessing. And, make family and friends part of that blessing.”

Two years ago Mark called on people to donate a gift of a can or bag of dog food, or even blankets, for a charity that cares for dogs.
For that project his target was 250 items but this year he’s going bigger.
“I want to build on my ‘success’ and we’re going for 1000 items this year,” he says.

“This time around I want to help an organisation, Pets Empowerment in Townships, who do an amazing job rescuing and saving the lives of many dogs, and teaching people how to care for their pets properly.

“I knew that I would not be able to do it on my so there are a lot of partners who are joining me with this project and helping out at the fund-raiser on 23 July.
“Your newspapers (TygerBurger and People’s Post) have come on board as well as a number of radio stations who will help with the appeal.

“Danny K, Jeremy de Tolly and Morgan Deane will be joining us to perform at The River Club with a host of celebrities like Braam Malherbe, Guy McDonald and TV presenter Eben Jansen all joining the party.”

Mark adds that they have started their campaign to collect donations already which will be going on until Friday 22 July.

“We have set up collection points in Claremont, Woodstock, Parow, Durbanville and Montague Gardens but you can also just contact me to collect.

“There is also an appeal for people to attend the function at The River Club because it’s going to be a lot of fun as a Pure ’80s Party.”

So why does Mark make this effort every second year?

“My love and compassion for children in need comes into play,” he laughs.

“I call on friends and family to give me gifts for children that I can hand out in farm areas at Christmas time.”

Tickets to the party at The River Club are R50, available at the door or call Mark on 082 512 7655, email

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