Future looking brighter for SPCA
SpecSavers in Hornby got a visit from their four-legged friends as part of a charitable initiative to raise funds for the Canterbury SPCA recently.
Specsavers Hornby donated $5 from every pair of glasses sold and collected donations in-store for charity partner, SPCA Canterbury. To raise awareness for the cause, and in the hopes that locals might consider adoption when they are ready for a new pet, the charity visited Specsavers Hornby last Saturday with a few animals in need of a new home.
The store has been supporting the local SPCA for the past four years as part of the Specsavers Community Program. This came about after the store’s co-owner and self-labelled ‘avid animal lover’, Lynsey Parkin, made the decision to formally sign the SPCA on as the store’s charity partner in September 2013.
‘‘It costs SPCA Canterbury over $3 million each year to help save vulnerable animals in our community, so we help out wherever we can,’’ says optical dispenser Lynsey. ‘‘We’ve also raised funds in the past through cupcake days and marathon sponsorship.’’
Specsavers Hornby has been collecting food, blankets and toys to help support the SPCA in addition to the fundraising initiative.
The Hornby store has been joined in the fundraising effort by Specsavers Riccarton Westfield. The store will be donated $5 from every pair of glasses sold on a Saturday and collected donations. Co-owner and optical dispenser, Steve McNee, says he chose to support the local SPCA after adopting a senior dog following the Christchurch earthquakes.
‘‘I adopted Summer after the earthquakes when there was a huge demand for the adoption of strays,’’ McNee said. ‘‘I was really moved by the kindness of the staff and plight of these poor animals that had been through such a terrifying ordeal. So, I decided to adopt Summer and give her the forever home she deserved.’’
SPCA Canterbury Community Fundraising Coordinator, Jacqueline Campbell said every donation, whether it’s funds, food, blankets or toys, makes a huge difference.
‘‘The support of local businesses such as Specsavers Hornby and Riccarton Westfield enables us to help these animals who can’t help themselves.’’
Steve McNee, Christina Newton, X, Ally Crabb (SPCA Canterbury), Amelia Amos, Suney Cheung, Lynsey Parkin