CORNWALL, Ontario - Thanks to the support of the community, the SD&G OSPCA annual calendar campaign, now in its third year, has become a major fundraiser for our local animal shelter.
“We were over the moon about the results this year,” said Carol Link, local branch manager of the OSPCA, who recently received a cheque for $21, 958.88, proceeds from the sales of the 2013 issue. “We’ve had great response from the public, people calling and looking for the calendar, people liking the pictures and the whole concept that it’s about local animals in a local centre.”
The money, which stays in the community, will go towards general operations of the shelter such as veterinary care, food, supplies, and general care of the animals,” said Link. “We couldn’t possibly keep our doors open without fundraisers such as this. This was a big one for us.”
“We are absolutely delighted, said Rick Nadeau, owner of Entertainment Consultants International, a locally owned company which spearheads the campaign.
“The project seems to be more and more successful every year.”
Nadeau says that is presently working on the 2014 edition which will be available for purchase sometime in late fall, and will again feature approximately $1200 in savings coupons for local dining and entertainment.
As well, the thirteen-month calendar has great articles about the centre, its services and the programs it initiates, along with professional animal photography by Brian Smith.
“We want to keep it affordable for everybody. I think it’s priced well at $19.95 plus tax,” he said. “The coupons are all multi use, so even if you only use one it justifies the price. Save money, get a calendar and help out the animals.”
Coming up, he 6th annual Cash for Critters Bike Rally is being held on Saturday, August 24. Pledge forms are available on line at www.sdg.ontariospca.ca (under events) or at the animal shelter (550 Boundary Rd. in Cornwall).
For further information call 613-936-0072 or email email@example.com.
Participants can get pledges or pay a minimum registration fee of $25, said Link.
The ride starts at NavCentre, (registration at 9:00am) throughout SDG counties, and concludes at 11:30 for a BBQ and prizes. “It’s a nice scenic route,” said Link. “It’s a really fun, fun day.”
As always, donations are needed and greatly appreciated, including clay cat litter (not clumping) cleaning supplies, bleach, Iams food products, toys, blankets, rags and even office supplies.
“Anything that we don’t have to purchase, helps the animals,” said Link.