KUCHING: Sarawak Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) is hoping to raise RM100,000 in their annual Christmas Charity Bazaar.
The bazaar is a one-day event taking place on Dec 3 from 11am to 7pm at the Ecumenical Centre, Jalan Stampin.
According to SSPCA president Dona Drury Wee, shelter operations cost an average of RM25,000 a month to house, feed and provide medical care for the animals that were surrendered by the public and local councils.
“The Christmas Charity Bazaar is our main fund raising event for the year,” she said during a press conference yesterday, adding that fund raising is a constant and continual effort.
So far, 40 stalls are confirmed. Sponsors are invited to help by setting up a stall.
“The stall holder’s donations can be in food items or gifts and souvenirs, of which 100 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to SSPCA,” Wee said.
Major sponsors include Shell Malaysia, Calsberg Marketing and Bina Puri Construction Sdn Bhd, who is the main corporate sponsor. Starbucks will also be setting up a stall alongside other volunteers. Sound equipment will be sponsored by Reynold Lester Ngumbang of Sound Reinforcement.
“We are looking for entertainers to come and volunteer their talents, whether it is singing, dancing or even exercise,” Wee said.
Those who are unable to man a stall can still help by donating items like second hand goods, clothing, books, usable household items to the committee, who will make them available for purchase.
Items can be dropped off at De Atelier, Planet Borneo Lodge or the SSPCA shelter.
For more information, contact Dona (017-8866811), Gracie (019-8540101), Jude (012-8881077), Sabrina (012-8080077) or Zubaidah (019-8565536).
Those who wish to volunteer to help out during the event can contact SSPCA through their website at www.sspca.sarawak.com.my, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch through Facebook.
Meanwhile, Wee also announced a number of other events and issues that the SSPCA is undertaking.
On Nov 20, well-known artiste and animal activist Amir Yusoff will be hosting the SSPCA Acoustic Open Mic Night at Junk Backstage. It will be an evening of animal awareness through the gift of song that will also be featuring Evenstarr and SingleTrackMind. Other budding musicians are welcome to bring an instrument of their choice and participate.
The committee is also in the process of updating their database of Life Members, which dates back to the late 1970s. All life members are invited to contact them at email@example.com with their current postal and email addresses and contact numbers before Dec 31.
Meanwhile, SSPCA is setting out to open a Klinik Kembiri, a clinic that is run as a joint effort between the SPCA, local councils and vets.
The clinic will offer low cost spaying and neutering services to lower income groups and animal rescuers.