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Fundraising to help Donkey Sanctuary

By FREDDIE NICHOLAS [email protected]

A group of fundraisers who supported the Goldra Animal Shelter is now to provide financial backing for the Donkey Sanctuary in Lagoa.

As reported in the Algarve Resident, Goldra closed its doors for the last time on the March 30 after founder Maria de Lourdes Ingle felt unable to carry on running the shelter owing to ill health.

Now the Cupid group, who were fundraisers for Goldra, has announced a new partnership with the Donkey Sanctuary, which cares for donkeys, dogs and cats, all looking for new homes.

Verna Kinder, head of the fundraising at Cupid, told the Algarve Resident: “It was announced at our last quiz night that we would start supporting the sanctuary, as they are the only rescue centre that is local. We have felt we have done our job with Goldra as there are now very few animals left to foster.”

Flossy, a young, female spaniel full of love, is also available for adoption.
Flossy, a young, female spaniel full of love, is also available for adoption.

She added: “The partnership is newly developed, with Cupid starting to buy things recently for the donkey sanctuary such as flea treatments and vaccines for the animals.

“We will continue to run our monthly quiz nights, which are very successful, but now they will be in aid of the Donkey Sanctuary.”

Bridie Harding, from the Donkey Sanctuary in Lagoa, said: “This new partnership with Cupid is a breath of fresh air for the sanctuary and is extremely beneficial. Thanks to the partnership, we are now able make progress and start new projects. The partnership provides us with much-needed financial support.”

The quiz night, held last month, raised a record-breaking €930, and included a raffle.

All present said a big thank you to hosts Phillip and Verna Kinder for organising the event. The next quiz night will be on July 9, with a separate fundraiser organised by Verna called Picnic in the Park due to be held in September.