Cape Town – The Newlands branch of an international club, the Deep South Lions, pat themselves on the back after a successful participation in their annual charity bike ride for animal rescue shelter The Emma Animal Rescue Society (TEARS ).
The organization, which spans the Western Cape to Namibia, organized a charity bike ride on Sunday morning to find essential items for the animals currently housed at TEARS in Masiphumelele.
Deep South Lions Club president Rory Stier said that while cycling was part of the club’s annual community commitments, it was important, “almost vital,” to support those in need due to the pandemic. In progress.
“Our annual charity cycle race is such an important initiative and we are more than excited to develop and expand it every year. This year, I believe that goods totaling R15,000 were donated.
“The turnout was incredible, we had over 100 bikers joining us and around 30 cars as well. People brought the animals to the shelter, food and blankets. Everyone came up with something for the animals, and as a club we couldn’t be happier.
“Facilitating community support is gratifying, and we are grateful to TEARS for allowing us to continue supporting them where we can,” said Stier.
Mandy Store, TEARS Operations Manager, said, “TEARS Animal Rescue is overwhelmed by the generosity of the Deep South Lions Charity Bike Ride in support of vulnerable pets.”
She said twice as many supporters came to support this year’s bike ride. “It warmed our hearts and stimulated the donations of much needed pet food.
“During the Covid-19 crisis, TEARS actively fed the dogs and cats in the low-income communities we support. This relief has gone a long way for pet owners to support their pets during a time of financial uncertainty and scarcity.
“A big thank you to everyone who took part in the rally!”