There are times when you just have to shake your head in amazement at the ongoing generosity of the people of the Esterhazy region. Just when it seems there are more projects raising funds than ever, and just when it seems that less dollars are being earned in the local economy than we’ve all become used to, that’s when the local population pulls yet another rabbit out of the hat!
Tonight, the rabbit came out in support of Angels of Hope, an apt metaphor when one remembers that Angels of Hope is an animal rescue service. Clearly, the people of our region love their animals, and they are willing to support the cause in a way that exceeded expectations.
The event took place in the Boreen Hall, and the venue was just as packed as it typically is for other major fundraising projects. It began with cocktails and socializing, then moved into supper, with entertainment beginning at 7:00 p.m. and a main comedy show (“Raise the Woof”) from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
We caught up with Terry Tocker, Fundraising Co-ordinator for the organization, and asked her to bring us up to speed concerning the activities and needs of the charity. She began by speaking about the comedy show.
“Raise the Woof is an organization that comes from the United States, and they are very active in the USA and Canada. The founder felt there was a need for animal rescue organizations and SPCA’s to have a way to raise the much-needed funds to look after all the animals in their care. They travel all across Canada and the United States, and this is the first time for them to come here, and we are super-excited at the turnout tonight!”
“The funds raised from tonight will go to the general care of the animals, and we are really starting to get heavily involved in TNR programs. That’s Trap, Neuter and Release feral cats. Our veterinarians have been very supportive of this new idea that we are implementing in the communities, and it’s a very costly thing that we’re starting. Something like this is definitely going to benefit us.”
“The TNR program has already been started. Stockholm was the area that we used as our pilot project, and it’s proven to be very successful there. We’ve already been doing some TNR work here in Esterhazy, and in Churchbridge, Langenburg and Bredenbury. We’ve even been contacted by some places in Manitoba about the idea of TNR, because they are interested in pursuing something like that too. But this fundraiser tonight is for so many different things, not just for TNR. It’s for wherever it is needed. We are serving 46 communities as well as six First Nations, and that’s where the money goes.”
In fact, over the last four and a half years, Angels of Hope has raised in excess of $150,000 towards the costs involved in looking after the animals in their care, and the need itself is always ongoing.
Terry continued, “We are just so pleased to see the supporters that have come out tonight, and you can just see that they are here for the cause. We’re already talking about this being an annual event for us. And, whether you have pets of your own, or have had them as a child, or you are just a kind person who treats pets and stray animals with kindness, we are always looking for new members in our organization. If you can donate, or bake, or can make posters, or can sell tickets, or like to be involved in the background, you only give as much as you want. You can call us at 306-745-3453 and leave a message, and someone will get back to you.”
“Well done” Angels of Hope for the service you provide, and “Well done” to the people of Esterhazy and the surrounding communities for supporting them. Special thanks to Esterhazy vet, Dr. Justin Noble, for acting as Master of Ceremonies for the event too. Enjoy the pictures below. Open the viewer by clicking any image.