Three men want the community’s input and help to raise R100 000 for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s mobile clinics.
Liam Gannon from Stellenbosch, Greg Korck from Southfield and Louis Horn from Somerset West will be taking part in the gruelling Comrades Marathon in June next year as part of the Comrades4Canines initiative and will be doing various initiatives and challenges to raise the money.
The dog-loving trio are not professional runners and only Greg has taken part in the Comrades Marathon before but they are determined to raise as much money as possible.
Greg has run the Comrades four times before and helped raise funds for the SPCA last year. “The comrades event is not an easy feat and not a lot of people complete the race because it is so difficult but what better motivation to cross the finish line than for the animals we would be able to help with the funds raised? It is such a worthy cause to be able to help the SPCA help unwell and abandoned dogs,” he said.
Liam said he was keen to raise funds for the SPCA as it’s a good way to give back. “I ran the Two Oceans Marathon for the SPCA as well and this seemed like the best avenue to raise the much-needed funds.”
Louis said it is his dream to finish at least one Comrades race. “I’ve always had a love for animals since I was young. We have a responsibility to take care of them and raising funds through this initiative is one way of doing so,” he said.
If the men raise the funds the money will go towards the
funding of two mobile clinic vehicles.
The mobile clinics serve areas as far as Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein, Kuils River and Strandfontein, taking services to communities that need them the most and helping as many as
2 000 animals a month.
Natasha Johannes, fund-raiser for the SPCA, said the three are combining their passions for running and animals.
“The R100 000 will keep the vehicles running for a year plus the added medical expenses and will service at least 16 000 animals. We’re very excited about this and we’re hoping that people are going to be supporting these guys,” she said.
Game challenges and crowd funding is one of the ways the trio plan to raise the funds and they’re inviting the public to suggest challenges in return for cash donations. Donations can be made to the Comrades4Canines campaign website at www.givengain.com or contact Natasha at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tyron on email@example.com