Concert for animals

HILLTOP Animal Outreach will be hosting a concert at the East London Golf Club on Saturday in an effort to raise funds for the group.

TAIL-WAGGING TREATMENT: Dr Willie Delport, left, from the Beacon Bay Veterinary Clinic, with Spring, one of the many animals from Nomphumelelo who that received treatment through Hilltop Animal Outreach, and with Hilltop Animal Outreach member Sue Kietzmann Picture: SUPPLIED

Organised by the community-based non-profit organisation String and Whistle, the concert will have some of East London’s top talent grace the stage.

Local bands and musicians such as Serotonin, The Band, QUARK, Bryan Daniel, Kev Taz Fish, Robert Schlimper, John Lawrie, Ed Johnson and Dalena Mostert will be performing.

Hilltop Animal Outreach is a small group of animal lovers, who, in their private capacity focus on helping the desperate and vulnerable animals in townships and squatter camps around East London.

The group work closely with the community to identify animals in need of sterilisation, medical assistance, food, water, bedding and shelter and then ensure that these animals’ needs are catered to.

From sterilisation and vaccinations to mange treatment and feeding programmes, the group cater to as many animals as they can on a weekly basis.

“The more we work in and around the more impoverished areas, the more we stumble upon blatant cases of cruelty,” Hilltop Animal Outreach fundraising assistant Jeanie Goodrum said.

“The removal of chains has become almost a weekly activity – many of these poor animals are prevented from accessing water or shelter and we rely solely on the generosity of the public to fund our plight against the neglect and suffering many of these animals face.”

Apart from the much-needed funds, the group is also in need of cat and dog food, blankets, old towels, collars and leads, kennels, rope (to eliminate short wires being used as leashes), ice-cream and margarine containers to be used as food bowls, deworming tablets and tick-and-flea dip.

Tickets to the concert are R100 per person and can be purchased at Lee Gold or at the East London Golf Club.

The evening will kick off at 6pm and a fun auction will also take place. There will be a cash bar and food for sale.

For more information, contact String and Whistle founder Ed Johnson on 084-600-0113.

If anyone would like to assist Hilltop Animal Outreach, please contact Goodrum at jeanie.goodrum@gmail.com

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