24 June - Animal Shelter day

The Harrismith Animal Shelter:   Applauded and Rewarded


After years of dedicated and compassionate service to the Harrismith community, the staff of this vitally important organization, have been rewarded. Their next door neighbors, the Harrismith Golf Club, arranged a benefit golf event. What a success it was!

When Golf Captain John Venning asked Mandy Pollock what their most desperate need was, she answered "a bakkie". She went onto explain, that the staff were using their personal vehicles to pick up abused, sick, injured and bleeding dogs and cats. Not an ideal situation. No challenge is too big for John Venning, who mobilized the golf committee, members, businesses and most of the Harrismith community. Requests for financial assistance were answered with enormous generosity. A suitable second hand bakkie (canopy included) was purchased from Mortimer Toyota by Mark Bebington, with the condition, "pay me back when you are able". He will not have to wait long. The R70000.00 price tag, has already been collected from Harrismith's incredible donors.

Emotions ran high when, at the prize giving, the branded bakkie was driven into the arena. And when John handed over the keys to Mandy, there were lumps in the throat, tears of joy, and goose bumps amongst the large crowd. All concerned with the support of this project can take a bow- what an amazing community we live in!

A special message from the Golf Captain, John Venning. "On behalf of the Club, I wish to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks, to all who were approached and contributed to this benefit event".

Thanks to you, John. Your commitment to this project was immense!

Members, Animal Shelter personnel and friends, celebrated this special event, long into the night.

Although the Harrismith Animal Shelter were the real winners, the four-ball alliance results were as follows.

1st (90 points)    :              Fritz Valks, Elzane Valks, Gerhard van Eeden, and Monty Galloway.

2nd (89 points)   :             Kobus Bester, Johan de Klerk, Tienie Els, and Dries Lategan.

3rd (88 points)    :            Ferdie Van Vuuren, Hernu Van Vuuren, Wally Botha, & Jan Harm Van der Merwe.

Important Dates:

Saturday 1st July:             Subway Shell Monthly Mug

Wednesday 5th July:      WAGS