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Sunshine and Generosity in Abundance at Summer Fair

Posted by Lyndon Basha in Events, News | Article permalink on Jul 20 2013

The Animal Ark community enjoying themselves

The sun certainly came out for the Summer Fair and Open Day (Sunday 14 July) on what was one of the hottest days of the year.

It was so hot that holes were left in the melted road where the motorbikes from the British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF) Pet Food Run had parked.

The abundance of sun was matched by the Animal Ark community spirit and generosity, with over 50 pet food items being donated for animal charities.  Over £1,500 has been raised with more to come once we get a final count from all the charities involved.

The ‘behind the scenes’ took on some new dimensions with video of actual surgery on display. Live demonstrations of Ultrasound and Hydrotherapy also captivated peoples’ attention.

In what is fast becoming a tradition, home bakers answered our call for help, producing an amazing array of cakes, pizza and jams.

Some of the fabulous motorbikes on display

Kids were kept amused with face painting and ice-creams. Big kids were kept amused with the ‘tape-measure’ competition, seeing how high they could extend the tape before toppling over.

The ‘weird and wonderful’ was on display, with Reptile Haven showing off a python snake, iguana,  tarantula, gecko, scorpion and monitor lizard.

A special thank you goes to Ifti Khan of Kebabish Original and Bonnie Diamond & Coe. Ifti kindly donated the fabulously tasting chicken and vegetable pilau that everyone got to enjoy, surrounded by the dulcet tones of the live entertainment kindly donated by Diamond & Coe.

Raffle Prize Draw Winners have been notified by phone. Congratulations to our major prize winners: 1st Prize – Ipad Mini (Mrs Beard of Basildon), 2nd Prize – ‘Puppy Tails’ Hand Made Quilt (Mrs Khan of Clayhall), 3rd Prize – Big Bag of Pet Food (Mrs Zimmerman of Hornchurch).

On behalf of our furry friends we would like to say a big thank you for everyone’s support and generosity.

A day like this takes a lot of effort and preparation and it would not have been the success it was without the support provided by all those involved.

….and the awards go to

The Noisiest Award:  For the second year running goes to the Bikers from the BMF roaring in with pet food donations.

The Coolest Transport Award: Goes to Chris and Julia Wallace who parked up in their 1954 coupe de ville Cadillac.

The Setting the Mood Award: Goes to Bonnie Diamond & Coe, with their fabulous live entertainment.

The I Can’t Watch This Award: Goes to all the men who shielded their eyes from the video of a dog castration.

The Oh No! Award: Goes to Lyndon who found out that Australia fell an agonising 14 runs short of England’s total in the first cricket test of the Ashes.

The Feel Good Factor Award: Goes to everyone, knowing that we managed to raise so much for pets in need.

The Most Appreciated Award: Goes to all of those in the Animal Ark community for your continued support.


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