Riebeek College Girls’ High School’s annual support of the Uitenhage SPCA once again, surpassed all expectations. An awesome amount of R27 000 has been collected from activities and work throughout the year. This year the Grade 6 classes also visited the SPCA for their class outings, where they learnt and experienced the care and feeding of all the stray and abused animals first hand. “The visit was also tinged with sadness as the reality of the plight of so many cats and dogs in particular, was realised. They knew that their contribution towards this very worthwhile cause was much needed and appreciated,” said Marilyn Woods, principal of Riebeek College Girls’ High School. Visiting the school to receive the donation were Attie Erasmus, Angie Buuk and a furry friend, Pepe, all from the SPCA. Erasmus paid tribute to Riebeek teachers Betty Lynch, Patty Metcalf and Janet Skeates whose influence has seen Riebeek contributing annually without fail, to the Uitenhage SPCA since the 1960s. Mrs Lynch had introduced a fund for sterilisation of dogs and cats to allow old age pensioners to afford adoption and Riebeek had sponsored a cattery (the plaque was brought along to show the learners). “The young ladies at Riebeek College continue to demonstrate the fruit of the spirit by their willing, enthusiastic and generous support for those who cannot speak for themselves. “Since I was a student at Riebeek College, in the late ‘60s, when Mrs Betty Lynch started as a young teacher at the school, we have been helping the SPCA in every possible way. “Our consistency of this support and love is what makes me extremely proud of all the parents and young ladies in this school,” said principal Woods.