Generous giving at Paws Run
The Garden Route chapter of the Ulysses Motorcycle Club gave generously to the SPCA during its annual Paws Run, which took place on Sunday, 23 September in Mossel Bay.
Garden Route SPCA Mossel Bay branch staff, Michelle Bornman Durant and Ruanlie Oosthuizen, were delighted to receive a cash donation and pet food from the bikers.
Handovers were done at the Langeberg Mall and the bikers enjoyed socialising and braaiing at the Mossel Bay Yacht and Boat Club.
A total of R5 320 in cash was handed to the SPCA. This was collected from lucky draw ticket sales and the sale of badges.
Also handed over at the yacht club was an electric wheelchair. The beneficiary is an amputee.
Before the Whale Rally which took place earlier this year, he had expressed the wish to come to the Whale Rally.
Mike Wilbraham of Sedgefield arranged that the rally enthusiast, Orlando "Dutchie" Avelino, and his wife Joan were fetched and taken to the Whale Rally at Hartenbos so they could enjoy it.
When Dutchie expressed the wish for an electric wheelchair, an impromptu collection was done at the Whale Rally and R1 000 presented to him. Guns and Roses biker club members from George donated a wheelchair which needed modernising. Again, more money was collected for the modernisation.
Gun and Roses and Ulysses Garden Route both handed the wheelchair over.
Dutchie said with delight: "To me 24 September will be Freedom Day from now on." He suffers from Buerger's disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, the disease affects the arteries and veins in the arms and legs. The blood vessels become swollen and can become blocked with blood clots. This eventually damages or destroys skin tissues and may lead to infection and gangrene.
Ruanlie Oosthuizen and Michelle Bornman Durant of the SPCA were pleased to receive the muchneeded donations of pet food.
The bikers enjoyed a warming cup of coffee at the mall.
Ulysses Garden Route president Eddie Boshoff with the SPCA’s Ruanlie Oosthuizen and Michelle Bornman Durant.
Johan Visagie with little Yuki. They were at the Langeberg Mall to donate pet food to the SPCA.