St Francis the patron saint of animals

The Animal Welfare Society on Victoria Drive truly needs all the help it can get with so many people who care for animals it is also clear that there are even more who don't really care for animals.  Outside the Animal Welfare building stands a statue and I wonder how many people notice it or know who it is.  It is the the figure of St Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment.  A fitting place for him…

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Walking the Animal Welfare dogs

Not everybody are in the position to adopt a dog from the Animal Welfare, but everybody are able to put some time aside to go and walk the dogs.  Visiting the donkeys at the adjacent East Cape Horse Care Unit it gladdened the heart to see how many people are volunteering their time to walk and play with the homeless dogs. 

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Doggy walk for Animal Welfare

Yesterday (Saturday) morning we took the sausages for a walk on the beach along with probably a hundred or so other pooches as part of a fundraiser for Animal Welfare.  The weather was perfect and the dogs and their human servants had a great time out.  So interesting watching everybody with the dogs of different shapes and sizes.   

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Holmeleigh Farm Christmas Party

Yesterday (Monday 16 December) the annual Holmeleigh Farmyard Christmas Party for underprivileged kids hosted by Holmeleigh Farm and Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and supported by Bay FM 107.9, Ocean Rock Entertainment and musician Wayne Kallis (with many more contributions) took place.  And what a party it was.  About 230 kids from 8 different schools, homes and charity organisations arrived to a full on party with everything you can expect from such. EVERYTHING! Did I mention there were 230 odd kids?  Exhausting for both them and us. …

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Cleaning Lovemore Lake for Mandela Day

Yesterday was Tata Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday.  Five years ago the Nelson Mandela Foundation decided to declare his birthday Mandela Day and asked people to give 67 minutes of their time to help those less fortunate than them.  The 67 minutes represent the 67 years that Mandela spent in his pursuit of freedom for all in South Africa.  Some people spent their 67 minutes helping people while others assisted with animals and in my case, a natural spot.  A little while ago photographer Luc Hosten, who runs…


St Francis of the animals

Outside the Animal Welfare Society's offices on Victoria Drive stands the figure of St Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment.  A fitting place for him to bestow his blessings on.

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Why you come empty handed?

SAMREC and the East Cape Horse Care Unit are my two favorite animal good causes.  Both places do an amazing job, one for penguin conservation and the other for donkeys and horses in the townships.  I don't have a lot of time to give to them but I try to do my part through giving exposure on my blog whenever I get the opportunity.  Popped by the donks the other day and this is the look I received when we ran out of…


Father Christmas arriving

It's Christmas eve and tonight Father Christmas will be visiting many children all over the world.  Crawling down chimneys, sneaking in windows or just leaving a gift by the front door.  Well, not quite all the children.  There are many less privileged kids out there that may not be getting a gift this Christmas.  On Wednesday Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and Holmeleigh Farm along with a number of very generous sponsors (and I want to mention musician Wayne Kallis specifically) hosted…

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Mandela Day 2012

Today is 18 July and Nelson Mandela is celebrating his 94th birthday.  Happy birthday Madiba!  To celebrate the day and the 67 selfless years Mandela spent in the public eye, people all over the country (and the world) have been giving 67 minutes of their time to help others.  Activities range from working at soup kitchens, painting township schools, helping to establish vegetable gardens, clean-up campaigns or just entertaining old folk at a retirement home.  Anything that brings assistance and happiness to…

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Township school

Most of the tour operators doing township tours in Port Elizabeth support a school or other worthwhile project by visiting them on the tour and contributing to them financially. One of the schools visited by probably the biggest township tour operator in the city, Calabash Tours, is the New Brighton Primary School. On the visit to the school the visitors get taken through some of the classes to see the kids work before having tea and being told how they…