With less than 100 days to go until the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Southern Mail and the Cape of Good Hope SPCA this week announced a partnership which will see the paper’s editor running in aid of animals who need homes.
Chantel Erfort, editor of Cape Community Newspapers (CCN) which publishes Southern Mail and its 14 sister titles, will be taking the challenge off-road by participating in the Sanlam Cape Town 12km Peace Trail Run on Saturday September 14, one of five events which are part of the Cape Town Marathon.
This is the fourth time the CoGH SPCA is using the Sanlam Cape Town Peace Trail Run and Marathon as a fundraising platform and Chantel joins about 15 other runners who are part of Team SPCA.
The aim of the campaign, dubbed “A new leash on life” is to raise funds for the organisation, as well as awareness around the animals which are up for adoption at the Grassy Park-based SPCA. Other runners will be raising awareness about the SPCA’s efforts to put an end to animal cruelty.
Explaining why she agreed to run for Team SPCA, Chantel said: “When I look back on the beautiful years I spent with my dog Billy, I can’t help but feel like everyone should have a pet and experience the unconditional love they give. I wish every animal had a home where they felt loved and safe.
“I’m running to raise awareness of the fact that there is an amazing facility where pets and people can find each other. I’m running because I would love more humans and animals to experience the life-changing love they can bring to each other.
“And I’m running to ask you to either support the SPCA’s work financially, or pop in at their adoption centre and help one – or more – of the animals find a forever home.”
Over the next few weeks, Southern Mail will be introducing you to some of the animals which are up for adoption at the SPCA, and letting you know how you can pledge your support.
“The CoGH SPCA are very pleased that Chantel has partnered with Team SPCA by challenging herself to run the Sanlam Cape Town 12km
Peace Trail Run. Her run, in honour of her beloved Billy, will highlight the plight of
many dogs and cats at the SPCA seeking a new ‘leash’ on life through our adoption drive,” said CoGH SPCA’s fund-
raising officer, Natasha Johannes.
To follow Chantel’s training for the trail run, follow @editedeating on social media or click here to support her fundraising campaign.
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