Wildlife rehab centre FreeMe’s bakkie stolen

2015-05-06 09:34

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STAFF at KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, FreeMe in Howick fell victim to crime on Monday when their bakkie was stolen outside ­Hopewell Supplies in Harvard Street at around 1 pm.

The vehicle, with their branding on it, was last seen being driven toward the main road in Howick.

“It takes an amazing amount of cheek to steal a vehicle that everybody knows and with such distinctive signage and drive it away in broad daylight. It is particularly distressing, as we had spent a great deal of hard earned donations fixing it and getting it sorted out, including a new engine, new shocks and brakes, and a new battery. To add insult to injury, we had just put in R500 worth of diesel,” said FreeMe centre manager Roz Marais.

The theft has hampered the centre’s efforts to rescue animals.

“We are now reduced to only one vehicle again and with no bakkie, we cannot load anything bigger than a duiker,” said Marais.

FreeMe are looking for anyone selling a second-hand vehicle at a reasonable price. “While we would prefer a bakkie, at this point we would just be happy to have anything to enable us to go on more than one call out at a time.”

Marais appealed to the public to support their latest fundraiser to run over six months. “FreeMe will be running a huge raffle with prizes such as a Big Boy Scooter, trips to a game reserve, tablets, Samsung TVs and R500 shopping vouchers.”

Tickets are R10 each. For more information, call FreeMe at 033 330 3036 or 071 228 9082

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