Thank you

Allan Perrins spokesperson for Animal Welfare Society of South Africa

The Animal Welfare Society of South Africa, colloquially known as Philippi Animal Welfare Society, wishes to pay tribute to your newspaper, readership and local business leaders for showing your collective support for a great cause in celebration of our 89th anniversary.

Your lead story on the front page

(“A long history of care,” Southern Mail, March 28) written by Roshan Abrahams, accurately captured almost nine decades of history and concluded with an ambitious birthday wish list which included the desperate need for a replacement vehicle for our inspectorate.

I am delighted to inform you and your readers many of which are supporters and some of which are beneficiaries of the comprehensive range of services offered by AWS SA, that thanks to you and the kindness of your readers our long list of needs is not quite as daunting as originally published thanks to the magnanimous generosity of William Simpson, Principal Dealer of William Simpson Cars Tokai, who upon becoming aware of our dire need for a replacement Inspectorate vehicle unhesitatingly donated a brand new Nissan NP 200 LDV to the

At the hand-over ceremony of the vehicle, William said: “ It is sincerely a great pleasure, and even more so after my visit this morning, I was truly humbled by the dedication of so few, for such a great cause.”

Since then we have received confirmation that an international donor has also pledged a significant sum which will enable us to buy another sorely needed vehicle for our education and outreach team which does amazing work within the local community, transforming the lives of many otherwise unfortunate animals.

It is unlikely that we would have been as blessed and fortunate as we have been without your partnership and the recognition of your broad spectrum of readers.

Despite the obvious need for our many and varied animal welfare and animal protection services, we sadly receive absolutely no funding from the government and are entirely dependent on the goodwill and
generosity of the public and caring local business icons such as William Simpson who exudes a genuine compassion for society.