Blog 09 November 2012

 
News Updates today in St Francis Bay

1.  ST FRANCIS VILLAGE NEWS -
Community Theatre in JBay!

Wednesday night, 14 November, is Community Theatre time at Potter’s Place.  The ICan project was born out of the belief that “we are all actors on a stage. We are all the heroes of a legend. We all have the world at our feet. We are young, we are old. We can sing, we can dance, we can tell a tale,” says co-organiser Franz Geldenhuyz.

Yes we can!  iCan has a Music Academy where students are coached by Franz, an internationally renown singer and pianist, coached literally thousands of students over the world.  Heading the iCanMusicAcademy, students regularly appear with Franz on stage.  “We present summer and winter schools for the performing arts when you get a chance to do a workshop with a great artist or actor. We also arrange tours to the world’s great performing art events.”

In the iCan CommunityTheatre the community takes part. ”Any-one can enter. Any-one can get on the stage and do one act.  Any-one can get the world at their feet. You get coached by professionals and you have your show. No-one votes, no-one judges. No-one pays to attend the show. Every-one applauds. We all love a show. We look for any reason to have one. If you care to give us a show, we are greatful,” says owner of Potter’s, Callie van Heerden.

The show starts at 18:30 for 20:00 and there is no cover charge.  For more information, phone them on 042 293 2500.


2.  ST FRANCIS CONNECT ARTICLE - Rebecca Tilders – Animal Angel

Rebecca Tilders is the driving force behind the April Olive Blossom Fund

Rebecca Tilders St Francis Bay

Rebecca has has for many, many years given selflessly of her time to take care of animals in the informal settlements needing medical care or new homes. The owners of these animals struggle to put food on their own tables so the animals get neglected and abused. The abuse to animals that Rebecca had encountered has been heart wrenching. There are not many people that can endure this or do the work that she is doing.

She has often found herself in dangerous situations where owners of animals have threatened her verbally and physically. But Rebecca does not give up. She sometimes as has many as 10 dogs at one time in her home while she cares for and nurses them back to health. And then it is to find them a home.

Rebecca and her assistant spend a great deal of time visiting the informal settlements. The purpose is to educate the pet owners in the settlements and to provide the owner’s pets with the help they often desperately need. Where possible, owners make financial contributions for the services provided to their pets. This tends to increase the owner’s sense of responsibility and ownership for these animals.

Some important topics Rebecca makes sure to cover on her visits are treatment of mange, the importance of vaccinations, nutrition and warm, dry kenneling.

Donations are vital for what Rebecca does, whether it comes in the form of transportation cages, kennels, blankets, medication, food and most importantly, financial assistance. The majority of funds received, go to the veterinary clinic in Humansdorp and are put directly into the April Olive Blossom Fund. Remaining funds go towards paying the salary of a Xhosa and Afrikaans speaking assistant and incidentals such as new kennels, dog food and bedding.

Rebecca believes that what is being done in disadvantaged communities, is making a tangible difference to the quality of life of both animals and people. In the eight years she has been working, she has reduced the animal population by around 350,000 – again through sterilization, and sadly but necessarily through euthanasia. This figure was reached by estimating the increased animal population, if the dogs and cats and their offspring had continued to breed.

Rebecca Tilders established the AOBF in July 2002. The name derives from two dogs; April Blossom and Olive. April Blossom was a whippet that died after being trapped in a poacher’s snare. April Blossom’s name became part of the fund when her owners gave the first donation towards Rebecca’s efforts with animals in the townships. Olive was the first dog that Rebecca adopted from the township and she is a wonderful example of how a dog should look when it’s cared for and loved.

A big thank you to Verna Couper and Bernice Katakuzinos for handling the funding of this cause.



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