Art and pets = Animals by Night

23 June 2019 | Events

The SPCA Windhoek held its annual fundraiser – Animals by Night – last week, with a spectacular event at the FNCC.

According to general manager of the association, Hanna Rhodin, the evening started like many other fundraisers – with a welcome drink. “But thereafter it evolved into an evening with a difference!”

She says that around 120 people gathered together in support of homeless animals. The venue was decorated in tasteful black and white sofas, bar tables, and candles inside and out, giving them an opportunity to enjoy the evening in a relaxed atmosphere. “Inside seven stages were prepared for seven talented Namibian artists – Hage Mukwendje, Davido Indongo, Kelsey van Schalkwyk, Gerrit van Schouwenburg, Femke Terblanche, Belia Liebenberg, and Cindel Schoeman – who shared their talent to the benefit of the animals in need in our community. Jaimee-Lee Diergaardt from Something-Artsy brought all the artists together and helped with promoting the event on social media,” Hanna says.

After picking up their brushes 19:00, they painted for a couple of hours whilst guests mingled, chatted, and meandered through the hall, watching as the artists brought their paintings to life. In the meantime MC Whilzahn entertained guests and encouraged them to bids on artists' paintings during the Silent Auction.

Artist Kelsey van Schalkwyk said: “What an amazing opportunity it was to paint at the SPCA Art Slam! We as artists were privileged and excited to take part. All the artists are so talented and selfless to donate their time to make a difference in our community!”

Much support

Says Hanna: “The event would not have been possible without the support of animal loving artists and sponsors. So we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Piccolo Mondo, the FNCC, Goethe Café - Out to Lunch, Something-Artsy, Mikel-Jes, WhatsOn Namibia, the Namibian Breweries, and the many generous silent auction donors.

“The SPCA relies almost entirely on private and corporate donations,” she says, adding that on average, the SPCA has 260 animals at their shelter facilities at any given time.

“We took in nearly 3 700 animals in fiscal year 2018. Events like 'Animals by Night' are organized to raise much needed funds for the many animals that the SPCA cares for and to be able to assist and offer a refuge to the homeless animals in our community.

“This event showed amazing support from sponsors, donors, and the public, to animals in need.”

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