Since it’s inception 15 years ago, K9 has good reason to be grateful to many loyal and generous supporters.
Some were only active in the early years and have fallen by the wayside for whatever reason. Many of us have only been involved for the past few years.
However, there is, thankfully, one significant group of people who have been consistently supportive for the past 13 years. They are the children, their parents and teachers of Wingate Junior School.
It all began in 1997, the brainchild of Penny Lister, a dog loving teacher at the school, who wanted to do something to help the stray and abandoned dogs at the new K9 Refuge at San Miguel.
In the first year, 21.000 pesetas was raised by the children, followed in 1998 by just under 35.000 pesetas (€207).
Sadly, Penny Lister passed away as a result of cancer, but the commitment to raise monies for the dogs, did not die with her. Penny’s enthusiasm was taken over by Mr Steve & Mrs Carol Hill at the school and the funds continued to be raised by classes 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 in the junior school. Last year, €2794 was donated, whilst in 2010 €2970 has been gratefully received.
Just after Easter each year, the Headmaster Mr Green and Mr & Mrs Hill, invites the K9 President, Elsie Clinton-Leslie to visit the school to accept a cheque from the children.
Elsie used to take along encyclopaedias and dictionary’s for example, as a donation to the school library, but we now live in a computer age and books are becoming obsolete.
Elsie converses with the children about responsible dog ownership and a number of children, have over the years, attended the kennels on a weekend to walk some of the dogs.
Over the past 13 years, a magnificent total of €10.550 has been donated to K9 for which we are always very grateful. K9 has a lot to thank Penny Lister for, and her legacy continues in the support of her colleagues and a future generation of children. We at K9 hope this support continues for many more years to come.
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