An­i­mals big and small blessed

Kapiti News - - News - — Ann Read­ing

Some of the more than 30 as­sorted ca­nines and a guinea pig (cen­tre front) with Pres­by­te­rian Min­is­ter Rev Peter Jack­son (right of cen­tre front) who con­ducted the an­nual Bless­ing of the An­i­mals cer­e­mony.

The cer­e­mony was held in the carpark of the Pres­by­te­rian church in Ngaio Rd, Waikanae, as part of St Fran­cis of As­sisi day cel­e­bra­tions on Sun­day, Septem­ber 30.

Visi­tors were treated to an im­promptu con­cert by Kapiti Brass band as they ar­rived, and a de­li­cious af­ter­noon tea later, pro­vided by Rel­ish cafe.

Four-footed pil­grims en­thu­si­as­ti­cally savoured a smor­gas­bord of an­i­mal del­i­ca­cies kindly brought by Kapiti Krit­ters of Para­pa­raumu.

The bright orange sashes of Huha vol­un­teers made them easy to spot and Vicky Broad out­lined the wide range of an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy ser­vices un­der­taken by this no-kill sanc­tu­ary.

Huhua were grate­ful to be of­fered the day’s koha.

Rev Jack­son was “de­lighted with the re­sponse” this year which ex­ceeded his ex­pec­ta­tions.

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