Long walk for animal welfare

2015-09-24 06:00
Welcoming Terrence Olivier (centre) into Port Shepstone on Saturday (left) Darren Joubert with Leo and Ian Logie with Mona.

PHOTO: candyce krishna

Welcoming Terrence Olivier (centre) into Port Shepstone on Saturday (left) Darren Joubert with Leo and Ian Logie with Mona. PHOTO: candyce krishna

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A HIBBERDENE man, passionate about the welfare of animals, has embarked on a 142 kilometre walk to raise funds for a pet sterilisation drive.

Terrence Olivier, director of the non-profit organisation Rainbow Warriors South Africa, endured harsh weather conditions while walking from Hibberdene to Port Edward.

His journey began on Saturday and he reached his destination on Tuesday morning before returning to Hibberdene.

“I’ve been raising funds for pet sterilisation for the past 17 years. There are many people who can’t afford it and I’m doing my bit to assist.”

Pet owners who need assistance have to email Olivier with a request.

The candidate is then screened to make sure that he or she cannot afford to sterilise the pet.

Olivier said businesses and individuals­ on the South Coast have been kind and generous with sponsorships.

The organisation is comprised of many volunteers who assist with fund-raising or serve as a back-up to Olivier during his walks.

The last campaign, Pet Drive 2015, saw 81 dogs and 15 cats being sterilised between April and August.

The current campaign, Woofstock Sterithon 2015, aims to sterilise 142 pets and supply 142 food parcels to pensioners with pets.

“We’d like to assist the elderly who receive a state pension so they can spend some money on themselves,” he said.

The public, businesses and organisations are asked to pledge R1 per kilometre or R142 for the full distance Olivier walks.

Email dreamskills1@live.com if you would like to make a donation or if you want to apply for a pet sterilisation.

Olivier will be collecting donations at Shelly Centre, outside Woolworths, on Thursday, 24 September

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