Saturday, December 12, 2009

K9 Dinner/Fundraiser 11th December

Pic by nikki

The Rain in Spain SHOULD stay firmly on the plain!

Instead, having had no rain for several months, it chose to put in an unwelcome appearance during the evening at our open air venue at Bistro Del Mar. Fortunately the diners and staff were quickly able to move the tables to a more sheltered area and whet the appetites for what was to come later.

Earlier the 84 guests, supporters and helpers proved the BATman strategy had paid off handsomely. Ticket holders had been invited to bring along a choice of either cat food, dog food or treats, and the response was brilliant in that 3 x 20 kilo sacks were filled. There will be much tail wagging and purring at the kennels this Christmas. Thank you.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted by Hazel, Kennel Manager, with her photo display of K9 History of many of the dogs and cats who had been rescued and re-homed over the past several years. A second display featured the guys who are in the kennels at present and would like a new home. More information is at HYPERLINK "" or email at

Helpers managed to persuade supporters to part with their euros and there was a lot of activity between acts with the Tombola, Raffle ticket sales, Stand Up Sit Down Bingo and Name the Dog which all generated much needed funds. Thanks go to the many generous people who donated Maya vouchers, Freebird trips, Submarine trips, Showtime extravaganza trips, Cuddly toys, Books, Booze and a giant Hamper full of Christmas goodies.

The 7 Auction Lots provided a lot of interest, the highlight being a ceramic feline clock which raised €100 and Plates of Jack Russell Terriers, West Highland Terriers, a 2 hour personal fitness session from Danni Byrne and a 3 hour House clean by the Pink Mop, all met their reserves. Thanks again.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation to Dave McKenna of a Certificate of Appreciation. The K9 President, Elsie Clinton-Leslie detailed the significant work that Dave & Gloria had done over several years in trapping and rescuing cats, and latterly his work in building (single handedly) a cattery adjoining the kennels. It is so comfortable, the cats don’t want to move out!

Dave was roundly applauded and for the first time ever, was lost for words.

4 hours of entertainment was provided by Billy Porter, who toned down his act because children were present, but still managed some risqué but enjoyable fun.

John Ashford’s Buddy Holly Appreciation Show is always popular and this brought the dancers on to the floor to shake their hips and other bits.

Compere Aidy Evans kindly contributed his equipment for the evening and sang his 60’s and 70’s gems in between the other acts and did a sterling job on the night.

Rosemary Eden is a big hearted lady with an even bigger voice and the evening was rounded off by Jesse Garon and this brought the dancers to the floor again, with a range from Country to Rock and all things in between. Jesse has become a stalwart of charity gigs over the years and his love of dogs is massive.

K9 cannot thank the artists enough for their contributions, freely given and fondly appreciated.

The Carvery was excellent as is usual from this venue and the staff very attentive. It is in a very good position overlooking the sea at Fanabe and should attract more customers than it does.

The event raised a fabulous €1289 plus all the food donated for the animals at K9. With the Gala Evening at Starlight Bar on 17th November raising over a €1000 much needed funds have been generated.

Though much of this will go into the day to day pot of necessary expenses such as vet bills, kennel rent and water charges etc., it is hoped a small amount will be spent on a more permanent wooden canopy at the kennel entrance to shelter the caged dogs from the sun (and rain!)

Thanks to everyone who contributed to a successful evening.

BATman strategy is the Bring A Tin man!

Press release written by Mikey k9

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