U’hage producer responded to urgent plea

2017-04-20 06:01
=Sovereign Foods’ CEO Chris Coombes (right) and Group Executive – HR Thuto Maepa (middle) hands over cheque to the Animal Anti-Cruelty League’s Chairman Glenn Truscott (left)                  Photo:SUPPLIED

=Sovereign Foods’ CEO Chris Coombes (right) and Group Executive – HR Thuto Maepa (middle) hands over cheque to the Animal Anti-Cruelty League’s Chairman Glenn Truscott (left) Photo:SUPPLIED

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The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) recently sent out a donation request after the organisation’s only mobile clinic was involved in a car accident.

Uitenhage-based poultry producer, Sovereign Foods, responded to this urgent plea with a contribution of R20 000 towards purchasing the much needed vehicle.

“The incident occurred when our van was hit head-on by a vehicle that was travelling in the wrong direction. The impact resulted in the mobile clinic becoming a total write off” said AACL hairman, Glen Truscott.

Nobody sustained any serious injuries and the animals were safe in the back of the van.

“Our employees transported the animals home with their personal vehicles” he said.

Without a vehicle the AACL’s daily outreach operations are halted, as two field teams are normally sent out to Northern Area districts to provide health and veterinary care to animals from less advantaged communities.

On average, three animals are transported to the AACL’s Clearly Park Clinic and 9th Avenue Walmer Veterinary Clinic daily.

The new vehicle cost will be subsidised by the insurance paid out, as well as the donations received from Sovereign Foods and other private parties. It is estimated that a further R40 000 is needed to be raised in order to purchase a new vehicle.

“We are thankful to Sovereign Foods for providing us with such a large financial contribution in a time when the country’s economy is experiencing an economic crisis. With the donation, we are one step closer to restoring our outreach operations that support community accessibility to animal health care” said Truscott.

Group Executive for Human Resources at Sovereign Foods, Thuto Maepa, applauded the AACL and understood the vital role the organisation has in the sustainment of animal welfare.

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