Fu­ture look­ing brighter for SPCA

Christchurch Mail - - OUT & ABOUT -

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.’’

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Steve McNee, Christina New­ton, X, Ally Crabb (SPCA Can­ter­bury), Amelia Amos, Suney Che­ung, Lynsey Parkin

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