After two years without the possibility of fundraising, the KZN South Coast-based NPO 4 Paws and a Tale is starting 2022 with a bang by hosting its Valentine’s Day event at Crocworld Conservation Centre’s Fish Eagle Café on Saturday, 12 February. This once-annual event brings in much-needed funds to feed and care for the area’s most vulnerable strays.
“We are really delighted to be able to host our Valentine’s Day event this year and are encouraging people to show their love for the animals in supporting it,” said Nicky Koekemoer of 4 Paws and a Tale Rescue. “With so many people facing financial difficulties the past two years, and the lack of fundraising opportunities, the number of neglected animals has risen while the funds and donations have dwindled. We’re hoping that, with community support for the Valentine’s Day dinner, we can turn a corner and provide the necessary love and care for our four-legged friends.”
The 2022 Valentine’s Day dinner is set to be a spectacular event catered for by Fish Eagle Café’s Executive Chef and Manager, Morne van Zyl, and his exceptional team. In addition to a mouthwatering three-course meal hosted on the open-air deck with captivating sea views, guests will enjoy some fun spot prizes throughout the evening as well as an exciting auction.
This year’s menu includes a delectable starter of deep-friend basa with chilli-naise sauce, a creamy mussel pot and an array of fresh salads. This is followed by a main meal of delicious roast meats, Cajun chicken curry and an assortment of freshly-prepared vegetables. Dessert is the Fish Eagle Café’s renowned Peppermint Crisp fridge tart, fresh fruit duo and the ever-popular ice cream and Bar One sauce, topped off with coffee and tea.
“We’re so excited to be supporting 4 Paws and a Tale and the fantastic work that they do through this Valentine’s Day fundraiser,” said Morne van Zyl. “We also know how long it’s been since couples have been spoilt to a Valentine’s dinner so we’re ensuring this one will be extra special!”
4 Paws and a Tale is a volunteer-based NPO that provides ongoing food and care for abused and neglected animals in shelters as well as strays. The team, which works in the KZN South Coast area, is currently feeding around 250 dogs a number of days of the week. They are also committed to preventing animal abuse while re-homing dogs and cats to loving homes around the province.
Valentine’s Day details
Date: Saturday, 12 February
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm
Venue: Fish Eagle Café at Crocworld Conservation Centre, Scottburgh
Dress: Casual (but no short pants or slops)
Cost: R180 per person, tickets from The Tale End shop in Scott Street, bookings essential
For those who can’t attend the Valentine’s Day fundraiser but would still like to support the incredible work being done by 4 Paws and a Tale, here are a few other ways to show the love this year:
Make a donation of:
• Dry food and tins of dog and cat food;
• Blankets, old towels, linen and kennels which make for a much more comfortable sleeping area and provide shelter on sunny and rainy days for stray and township dogs; or
• Flea and tick medication.
Donations can be dropped off at the Tale End Charity Shop in Thira Village just off the main road, 142 Scott Street, in Scottburgh; or Seadoone Vet in Amanzimtoti. Visitors can also support the cause by buying any range of thrift items from the shop as well, or donating previously loved items in good condition to the shop. Opening times are 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 12pm every Saturday.
Sponsorship is always welcome to cover medical and food bills, petrol and airtime used for home visits as well as vaccinations. Banking details are as follows:
Name: 4 Paws and a Tale Rescue
Branch code: 220227
Account number: 62370111991
International Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ