Li­braries care too

Food col­lec­tion a boost for Brei­d­bach SPCA

Go! & Express - - FRONT PAGE - DES­MOND COETZEE

AS part of their out­reach pro­gramme, the Buf­falo City Metro In­land Li­braries started a project which saw the King Wil­liam’s Town SPCA ben­e­fit­ting from a much-needed do­na­tion of an­i­mal food in Brei­d­bach last week.

Through this project, the li­braries proved that they not only pro­vide much-needed books to their com­mu­ni­ties, but also care.

The In­land Li­braries con­sist of King Wil­liam’s Town, Schornville, Brei­d­bach, and Ber­lin and each li­brary had a part in the suc­cess of the project.

Brei­d­bach se­nior li­brar­ian, Deb­bie Chris­tian, said that reach­ing out to com­mu­ni­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions in need formed part of their so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity obli­ga­tion as an in­sti­tu­tion.

“Li­braries are not only there for do­ing school as­sign­ments, read­ing, or re­search but are also there for bring­ing change to those in need in com­mu­ni­ties,” Chris­tian said.

She said that they had ap­proached schools, lo­cal busi­nesses and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity within their ju­ris­dic­tion for do­na­tions of an­i­mal food, and also con­trib­uted money from their own pock­ets.

“We than in­vited chil­dren from the re­spec­tive schools, com­mu­nity lead­ers, and Mike Webb as the Pink Fairy to be part of the hand­ing over cer­e­mony,” Chris­tian said.

Pupils from Brei­d­bach-based Happy Hearts Pre-School, Brei­d­bach Pri­mary and Ber­lin-based Child’s World Pri­mary and Zanem­pu­cuko High School were en­ter­tained by the Pink Fairy at the cer­e­mony.

Ad­dress­ing the pupils, Webb said he was there to help raise funds for the SPCA.

“It’s not only for the money. It’s all about love for an­i­mals, do­ing ed­u­ca­tional talks, and rais­ing funds for the SPCA,” Webb said.

“I talk to schools and talk about aware­ness and what I re­ally love from the bot­tom of my heart is to raise aware­ness and we need to get the whole com­mu­nity in all our re­spec­tive ar­eas in­volved.

“I’m very pleased with what I see here to­day.

“Let us make a com­mit­ment that we will be back again and that it will be much big­ger and bet­ter,” he said.

Prior to re­ceiv­ing the an­i­mal food, elated SPCA of­fi­cial Den­nis Block shared tips on how to care for your an­i­mals, and thanked the li­braries for the much-needed ges­ture.

Re­gional li­brar­ian Nothemba Maku, in her thank-you mes­sage, com­mended Webb, the li­braries, the com­mu­nity and the schools for mak­ing the project a phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess.

“You all are im­por­tant to us and with­out your in­volve­ment I don’t think this project would ever be pos­si­ble, so I thank you all,” Maku said.

Pic­ture: DES­MOND COETZEE

MUCH NEEDED DO­NA­TION: The King Wil­liam’s Town SPCA re­ceive a much needed do­na­tion from an ini­tia­tive by the BCM In­land Li­braries in Brei­d­bach last week

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