LifE in the TRNC
Girne Ice Bucket challenge in aid of street animals
By Marion Stuart
The Ice Bucket Challenge has not only gone viral, but has changed direction somewhat, in that globally people are accepting the challenge and giving to the charity of their choice.
Famous stars of the silver screen have also done their part, with the most sensible being Patrick Stewart who is seen signing a cheque and then placing some ice into a glass, adding Scotch and drinking it. He has taken the original path of donating instead of being punished with a dousing.
However, this ice bucket challenge has now taken on the role of awareness as much as giving, and one resident of Northern Cyprus, best known for her yoga teaching, is publicly showing people just what it means to cover oneself in freezing icy water in an effort to raise awareness for the plight of the many street dogs, dumped dogs and strays across the island. In addition to raising that awareness she hopes "....to raise funds to feed and help them along the way."
A group of friends, which has now risen to over five hundred in number, have setup an awareness campaign on Facebook born chiefly out of the new government ruling whereby each municipality has to make plans to cope with the increasing number of strays, and in many instances compounds are to be made to house these dogs while it is ascertained as to whether they have owners before other measures are taken.
Lapta Municipality has already set plans in motion and the Kyrenia Animal rescue charity is no longer needed to help in this area, but is very heavily committed to working with the Girne municipality to cope with animals in the streets, and carry out its catch and neutering programme under the 'Let them Live' campaign started a year or so ago.
However, other areas, such as Famagusta and other outlying areas do not have the staff or the facilities to adequately cope with the care and feeding of these strays, hence the campaign to raise funds and raise the health levels.
So in comes Stephanie with her Ice Bucket Challenge and she throws down the gauntlet (or the paw cover) to all to come and support her on Saturday morning the 30th August in the centre of Girne by the Municipality office and the bars, at around 11.30a.m.
One cool dog!
As Stephanie undertakes the challenge herself, she says " It will be open to everyone to either take part, sponsor or observe. But if you want to take part please bring your own bucket, water and lots of ICE !!!!"
For those who would like to resist the ice bucket challenge, or who may not be in Girne on Saturday, there is an opportunity to donate money at a special online donation page and this can be found on http://www.gofundme.com/dfajg4. Stephanie asks that if you help in this way that you mention that your donation is related to the 'Mass Ice Bucket Event'.
Remember that , as stated by one of the group of friends who are supporting the North Cyprus Stray Dogs, " The animal welfare in North Cyprus is well below that of the western world. The lucky strays in Kyrenia may end up at the KAR Rescue Centre which is run with no government funding. However, for all the strays outside that area there is little hope!"
Every raising of awareness helps to encourage people to help in whatever way they can until such time as the problem may be solved. Stephanie's Ice Bucket Challenge is but one step (albeit it, a cold one) in the direction of hope.
Want to learn more as to why Stephanie doing this, then she would be happy to hear from you on 0533 845 0640. She would be happy if you come to watch her get cool on a hot Saturday morning, as long as you think of the animals who need some tender loving care, food and water.
Reggae raises 'roof' and 1615tl for Children in Need
Another successful fund raiser for the Children in Need Foundation was held at the Habana Pool Bar on Saturday 23rd August where one hundred and five people enjoyed a Reggae Night .
Laurence Floyd reports that the evening raised 1,615tl from entrance fees, and a Lucky Dip, combined with a 'human fruit machine' (not fully explained), with entertainment from singer5 Sarah Cox and DJ Lee Hickens.
"This effort was timely as Mally Torris (CiNF chairperson) is in process of authorising and processing another 10,000TL of foodstuffs and baby essentials to be delivered to the Foodbank, currently housed in the Social Services Ministry building" stated Mr Floyd, adding "These supplies are essential as there is an increasing need for these supplies from women and children who have been abandoned by their husbands, and require these basics urgently."
If anyone has any enquiries about the work of Children in Need Foundation, or wishes to learn more of any future plans, they are welcome to contact Mr Floyd on 0533 879 6892