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Local NPO Raises Funds on World Book Day for Animal Treatment

The Society for Animals in Need (Said) organized a fundraising event to support the operational costs of the organization.

This took place at their 4.2 ha farm in Vorna Vally, Midrand on April 23, which was also World Book Day.

Ruth Butcher, CEO of the organization, said its goal is to provide professional veterinary care grounded in targeted animal care education in marginalized and disadvantaged local communities.

“Our professional veterinary care is supported by experienced surgical and medical veterinarians and para-vets who achieve excellence in their respective disciplines. We encourage local residents to come visit us. We’re happy to take them on tour,” Butcher said.

The organization sold a variety of books that day to celebrate World Book Day. Other fundraising activities involved selling “homemade” organic compost to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We collect and resell second hand goods and used books to raise much needed funds for our animals. Said hosts an annual golf day and also [participates] at other sporting events where our loyal supporters can run or cycle for a cause close to their hearts.

She said that in their veterinary hospital, they generated funds by charging all NGOs a nominal fee for professional veterinary services. However, no treatment has ever been withheld if a client was unable to donate for the treatment of their animal.

Said is a non-profit that is 100% dependent on donor funding and was formed in 1958 by the late Didi Rutherford who had a passion for animal welfare.

Details: 011 466 0261.

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