SARAC Xmas Party For Animal Warrior Kids

by Gabrielle Ozynski
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On a Saturday December 2, a Christmas party at SARAC was held for a special bunch of kids who fearlessly protect those who can’t speak for themselves. These kids, known as Jerry’s Rangers, are the voices of abused animals in the townships. They selflessly volunteer their time at Jerry Selwane’s Soweto Animal Rescue And Advisory Centre, and every year, Jerry thanks them by hosting this year-end party.

Thanks to the Hot FM91.9FM’s generous donation through their Hot Cares charity arm of R25 000 (R20 000 from SEESA and R5 000 from Hot Cares) both the kids and the rescues at SARAC were able to have a fun day filled with presents for the kids and treats for the doggos.

 

Other organisations such as 94.7, FNB, Dischem Foundation and members of the public also contributed. Stationery, party packs, hula hoops and people magazines, dog food and treats and leashes were among some of the items donated.

See also: Hot Cares Raises R1 million For Charity

The young ones enjoyed hula hooping, and flinging themselves about on the jumping castle while the older ones, chatted, played soccer and chilled out.

Boerewors rolls were served and it was onto the next part of the afternoon.

Santa Claus made an appearance and handed out the presents and party packs, and then it was onto the prize and certificate ceremony.

Ranging from aged four to their late teens, all the volunteers were recognised for their contributions. A special mention was made of Shanice Radhalal, 16,  a top 19 finalist in the Miss Teen Commonwealth 2018 competition. All contestants have to choose a charity to support and Shanice chose Sarac.

Shanice told the Sandton Chronicle: “I chose SARAC because it is not well known and they are in desperate need of better shelters and a clinic at the centre. I’m the only person who chose an animal charity and even if I don’t win, I know that I will have contributed something to those animals and helped them find a decent home,” said Radhalal. She has also vowed to donate her winnings if she wins the competition. And not only has she been accompanying Jerry on outreaches but her parents are helping Jerry build his dream animal clinic on the property. What an amazing gift!

Jerry thanked all those who have helped the four-legged residents of SARAC and the dogs who been cruelly treated whether it be owner abuse or being stolen for dogfighting syndicates.

See also: Help Dr Dolittle’s Sarac Rangers

The party was thoroughly enjoyed by all and it’s onward to an even more fruitful year in 2018 for Jerry, his Rangers and the animals in their care. Wishing them all the best for 2018!

SEE BELOW- HOW YOU CAN PAY IT FORWARD:

SARAC operates from a house’s garage which serves as an operating theatre, reception, church hall and educational office and a container – Jerry’s office. Their bakkie works hard driving all over the country for rescue missions and court appearances and they would greatly appreciate another vehicle. Tinned and dry food, shampoo, shell pools, chew toys, blankets, leashes and collars, are always on the list of needs. Old cellphones or computers will all be appreciated. Airtime is another need, so that Jerry can remain in contact with his Rangers, the vets and the police. SARAC recently opened a charity shop, at Shop 6 on the corner of Bellavista and Johanna streets, Bellavista, where you can donate secondhand items in good condition. If you’d like to find out more about the adoption process, or would like to donate, please contact Jerry on 084 911 9459, mail them on [email protected] or go to their Facebook page.

 

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