Taking it far with love for animals

2019-01-29 06:00
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Plumstead resident, Ellen Fedele, is extending her love of animals outside her home town to ease the burden of the families for a group of Mpumalanga miners.

The families were reportedly left destitute following investigations into alleged fraud and corruption at one of the mines in Middelburg. It is reported that the mineworkers have not been paid for three months and are now struggling to make ends meet.

That led to the establishment of “Feed the Miner” campaign in December by a group of concerned Mpumalanga residents. They started to collect donations to assist the families.

Approximately 300 families are benefitting from the campaign.

Organisers raised awareness and sent letters to various stakeholders, which is how Fedele got involved.

“I realised that not much is being done for the animals, and it was mentioned that most of the miners have pets [including] dogs, cats and chickens. If there is no food for people, you can imagine how it is for animals.”

Fedele then approached the Cape of Good Hope SPCA for a collection point and she says an agreement was reached.

She says there will soon be boxes where the public can drop off their donations, ranging from bags of dog food, sachets and pellets for cats, chicken feed, food bowls, blankets and any other items people wish to donate.

Meanwhile, Fedele is also looking for a plan to transport the collected donations once there is enough bulk to send to the families.

“I will have to find some way to get it to them, so some begging on my part of big truck companies or SAA to get bulk donations will probably be the order of the day! If any readers can assist with this, it would be greatly appreciated.”

Zonica Mostert, the coordinator of the Feed the Miner campaign, says they are extremely grateful for Fedele’s gesture.

She says they are trying to help the miners in every possible way and they have been getting support for the people but not much for the pets.

Mqabuko Moyo Ndukwana of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA confirmed their agreement with Fedele, saying the organisation supports initiatives that closely promote the welfare of animals.

He said they understand that their centre is more accessible and central, and encouraged the public to open their hearts and support Fedele in any possible way.V For more information, contact Ellen Fedele on 078 203 7510 or email ellen76seven@gmail.com.

Plumstead resident, Ellen Fedele, is extending her love of animals outside her home town to ease the burden of the families for a group of Mpumalanga miners.

The families were reportedly left destitute following investigations into alleged fraud and corruption at one of the mines in Middelburg. It is reported that the mineworkers have not been paid for three months and are now struggling to make ends meet.

That led to the establishment of “Feed the Miner” campaign in December by a group of concerned Mpumalanga residents.

They started to collect donations to assist the families.

Approximately 300 families are benefitting from the campaign.

Organisers raised awareness and sent letters to various stakeholders, which is how Fedele got involved.

V For more information, contact Ellen Fedele on 078 203 7510 or email ellen76seven@gmail.com.

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