Ap­peal launched to help save H4P

Cyprus Today - - NEWS -

AN AP­PEAL has gone out to nearly 6,000 fol­low­ers of Hope 4 Pets (H4P) to step up and save the an­i­mal char­ity af­ter its clo­sure was an­nounced last week.

The po­ten­tial life­line fol­lows an out­pour­ing of sup­port af­ter the char­ity an­nounced last week that, due to time pres­sures and fi­nan­cial prob­lems in the face of the eco­nomic cri­sis, it would cease ac­tiv­i­ties on Oc­to­ber 31.

Sup­port­ers are be­ing asked to set up a stand­ing or­der or di­rect debit to the char­ity or to be­come a paid mem­ber. Do­na­tions of “as lit­tle or as much as you can spare” may be made through bank ac­counts, or paid mem­ber­ship, at 50TL a year, can be taken out at the Çatalköy Le­mar Wed­nes­day mar­ket stall, the Food Lodge in Çatalköy or the Satur­day Lam­bousa Mar­ket stall.

Peo­ple are also be­ing asked to vol­un­teer to help H4P with tasks in­clud­ing col­lect­ing an­i­mals in need, trans­porta­tion to vets and fundrais­ing events such as weekly stalls and raf­fles.

Chair­man Stephanie Har­ri­son-Croft said H4P’s trustees had met to try to put to­gether a res­cue plan.

“Var­i­ous ideas were dis­cussed, but the most im­por­tant was fund­ing, and vol­un­teers. Whilst events are a good way of fund­ing, H4P need a reg­u­lar in­come to pay vet bills, these bills are in­creas­ing by up to 40 per cent be­cause of the ex­change rate of the TL.

“Feed­back from our mem­bers has shown that most did not re­alise that the char­ity was so small, and that it re­lies to­tally on do­na­tions.

“We ap­pealed six months ago to all mem­bers of the Face­book group to help a lit­tle by set­ting up a monthly stand­ing or­der for just £1 or now 10TL and only 34 peo­ple out of nearly 6,000 did this! If only half of the 6,000 had done so be­fore we would have had the funds to carry on.

“We have agreed to wait un­til Oc­to­ber 31 to make a fi­nal de­ci­sion; it is now up to the 6,000 mem­bers to save H4P.”

Dona­tion routes are listed on the char­ity’s Face­book page or its hope4pet­snorth­cyprus.com web­site, un­der the “Help Us” menu.

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