MADELEINE CHAPUT AND THANDEKA NTLONTI
AFTER running the Comrades Marathon Michael Webb, fondly known as the Pink Fairy, has managed to raise almost R90000 for the King William’s Town SPCA.
“The funds [R89355.75] were handed over in bits and pieces this year as at that point in time, the SPCA were in desperate need of the cash,” said Webb.
“We still have about £20 [R345] and $20 [R268] in donations to be converted and handed over. I’m a very happy pink fairy!”
This year Webb completed his 19th Comrades Marathon in aid of the King William’s Town SPCA. For his 20th Comrades, Webb has big plans, aiming to raise funds for SPCA throughout the Border region.
Without having received any funding and the KWT SPCA facing dire financial straits, the money raised by the pink fairy during “Pink Fairy Month” (May), couldn’t have come at a better time.
King William’s Town SPCA chairwoman Annette Rademeyer said: “The funds donated by Michael assisted us a lot. We were able to cover our running cost such as fuel for the cars and also buy animal food which alone costs R6500.”
“I am hoping to incorporate the whole Border region and as many schools as possible as it will be my 20th Comrades. All proceeds will go to the respective SPCA,” said Webb.
The Good Samaritan has also recently started the Pink Fairy Multisport Adventures and is planning various events, including the first adventure race in King William’s Town.
“I will be organising three or four events a year and at each event I will donate at least 10-20% of the proceeds to the SPCA,” said Webb.
This year Webb has planned a night trail run in December, as well as the Candles for Cancer Halloween run in October for a local cancer survivor.
When the GO! & Express asked the KWT SPCA how the current water restrictions have affected them they said that they do not get their water supply from Buffalo City Metro but from Amatola waters.
“We try our best to use water sparingly.
“We give the animals enough drinking water and collect as much rainwater as possible,” said Rademeyer.
The KWT SPCA would like to thank the community for their donations.
”We are very grateful and would like to say a big thank you to everyone and to the schools that participated in the initiative,” she added.
The KWT SPCA is still in need of blankets, cat and dog food.