By Shaanaaz de Jager
A NELSON Mandela Bay couple who have already “walked the good walk” for the spaying of dogs in Port Elizabeth are again lacing up their shoes and heading for England, this time to tackle the country’s south-east shores as part of a charity drive.
Patrick and Bev Scott of Walmer will walk along the Saxon Shore Way, about 260km from Gravesend to Hastings, at their own expense in an attempt to raise R15000, which is the current cost of a full spayathon.
Should they be successful the money will be handed to the Animal Anti Cruelty League (AACL).
Last year, to mark their 30th wedding anniversary and to raise funds for the spaying of dogs, the couple walked 230km from Stratford-upon-Avon to London and raised R9000 in aid of the AACL.
Patrick, an advocate, said, “We will walk along the historical Saxon Shore Way to end up in Hastings where the battle of Hastings was fought.”
The experienced walkers, who have four dogs and three cats, flew to London on Saturday June 23 and will be staying at guesthouses and BBs before starting their walk on July 2 and ending on July 15.
Music teacher Bev said they were “passionate about animals” and “feel strongly about puppies being born in poor communities where people don’t have the money to spay their animals. There is also an ongoing need at AACL”.
The couple will again give daily updates on their progress on their Facebook page, Walking for Paws n Claws.
People wanting to donate can access the page, join up and donate “even just R10”.
Donations will be made directly into the AACL bank account.
Fundraising details are as follows: NPO 000-565; Account name: PEACHAACL; Bank: Absa; Branch name: Newton Park; Branch code: 511917; account number: 9210194329. Use the reference: Paws and Claws.
This is a shortened version of an article that first appeared in the print edition of Weekend Post on Saturday June 23 2012.