Club fines do­nated to an­i­mal life­savers

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Stuff-ups, bogs and break­downs may have hurt a few four-wheeldrivers’ egos over the past year, but their mis­ad­ven­tures will help treat and re-home an­i­mals which come through SAFE’s doors.

Red Dog 4WD Club do­nated its an­nual fines col­lec­tion tin, which raked in $1439 last fi­nan­cial year, to SAFE at its club meet­ing last week.

Club sher­iff Bill Despo­tovksi said it wasn’t just the mis­de­meanours which at­tracted fines dur­ing his ten­ure.

“My take-up for last year was even if you laugh, you end up get­ting fined,” he said.

“All mem­bers are just part of that cul­ture that we know we are do­nat­ing to a good cause.

“We had a cou­ple of mem­bers that won large prizes at the Christ­mas do. They auc­tioned that and do­nated $300 back into the do­na­tion tin — that to me just speaks vol­umes.”

SAFE founder Sue Hed­ley said the money would be put to­wards vet bills such as de­sex­ing, vac­ci­nat­ing and mi­crochip­ping.

“We strug­gle to keep up with all the life­sav­ing work be­cause our op­er­a­tion is so mas­sive,” she said.

“So it is heart­warm­ing to have groups like the 4WD club raise money for us.”

Funds raised from this year’s fines tin will go to­wards Pil­bara Princess, but the girls have al­ready got a leg-up with a $500 do­na­tion to­wards this year’s Va­ri­ety Bash ef­forts from the club.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Red Dog 4WD Club sher­iff Bill Despo­tovski, sec­ond from left, and pres­i­dent Mark Han­non with SAFE founder Sue Hed­ley, far left, and vol­un­teer He­len Osler.

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