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Help NPO rebuild shelter

Local non-profit organisation Change for the Better Foundation, which takes care of vulnerable animals, seeks assistance in rebuilding the shelter.

This, after major flooding damaged the dogs’ camps as well as one of the main catteries during heavy rains.

The rains filled the river that flows through the farmland on which the shelter is situated, bursting its banks to flood the shelter.

This was the first time this has happened in 35 years, says Annelie van Wyk, spokesperson of the shelter.

Staff of the shelter had to immediately jump into action to evacuate all the animals in the affected areas and moved them to places of safety.

“Some of them went into foster care and some are being kept safely at the Animal Welfare Society in Stellenbosch,” Van Wyk explains.

This project, dubbed the One in a Million Project, seeks to get a million people to each donate at least R1 towards the rebuilding of the shelter.

It kicked of on Saturday 18 July in conjunction with the annual Nelson Mandela Day and will run for 67 months.

This is in addition to the ongoing Buy-a-Brick campaign which seeks to get donors to financially help towards fully paying up the farm which was bought from the previous owner.

“In 2018, we were faced with losing our farm because the owner was selling the property. We then launched this campaign and managed to raise enough funds to put down a deposit to secure the farm.

“With the help of the campaign and support from the public and investors, we managed to procure the property. The campaign continues to help us repay the investors,” she says.

Van Wyk says the support from neighbouring farms as well as the community has been humbling. “We have had people coming on board to assist us to redirect the river’s water as well as fostering the animals and giving any kind of donation.”

Monetary donations can be made into the shelter’s Standard Bank account or via PayPal. If anyone wishes to donate money through the bank, the account number is 071 989 050 with the branch code being 050 410 and One in a Million as the reference.

Alternatively, donations can be made into the shelter’s PayPal account using the shelter’s email address info@changeforthebetter.co.za.

  • For more information call 083 505 5193 or email info@changeforthebetter.co.za.
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