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'Animals by Night' connected artists and animals

Artists painting during the Art Slam at the SPCA fundraiser 'Animals by Night'.

On Friday June 14, 2019 the SPCA Windhoek held its Annual Fundraiser, this year titled ‘Animals by Night’, at the FNCC. The evening started like many other fundraiser events – with a welcome drink, but thereafter evolved into an evening with a difference.

Altogether an estimated 120 people gathered together in support of the homeless animals in our community. The FNCC venue was decorated in tasteful black and white sofas, bar tables, and candles inside and outside, giving people an opportunity to enjoy the evening in a relaxed atmosphere. The inside hosted seven stages prepared for seven talented Namibian artists; Hage Mukwendje, Davido Indongo, Kelsey van Schalkwyk, Gerrit van Schouwenburg, Femke Terblanche, Belia Liebenberg, and Cindel Schoeman, who all stood up for animals and shared their talents 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.

The artists picked up their brushes around 19:00 and painted for a couple of hours whilst guests mingled, chatted, and meandered through the hall, watching as the artists brought their paintings to life. The MC for the evening, Whilzahn, entertained the guests and encouraged bids on artists’ paintings and on the Silent Auction. Food vendors provided an array of delcious tasty treast whilst a cash bar was available with beer, wine, and cool drinks on offer. There were many familiar faces, and many new ones too. One of SPCA’s high-end sponsors, Bianca Karsten, the Marketing Manager at T&C, said she enjoyed the event and that “The whole concept was a really nice interactive way of doing the fundraising.”

Artist Kelsey van Schalkwyk said: “What an amazing opportunity it was to paint at the SPCA Art Slam! We as artists were very privileged and excited to take part in the event! Thanks to Jaimee-lee Diergaardt, our amazing organizer, we as artists were very privileged and excited to take part in the event! Further what a lovely group of artists who were present at the charity, they are all so talented and selfless to donate their time to make a difference in our community! Our pets are our friends and family. They love and adore us with the most pure and kind hearts, expecting nothing in return. We as people are able to defend and speak-up for ourselves, while animal rely on us to speak-up for them. Let's stand together to help and re-home as many as possible by helping our local animal shelter the SPCA of Namibia.”

Another artist, Davido Indongo said: “Animals are our companions, our workers, our eyes and ears [...]. They appear in ancient cave paintings, and on modern commercial farms. We have domesticated some of them, while others remain wild and are sometimes endangered by our activities. They keep us company, and while they can provide comic relief, they also serve us as valuable assistants. Human interference and the destruction of animal habitats have resulted in several of the native animals of this area becoming endangered."

This event would not have been possible without the support of animal loving artists and sponsors and the SPCA 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. On average, the SPCA has 260 animals at their shelter facilities, and they 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. Many of us have animals in our lives, and this event showed an amazing support from sponsors, donors, and members of the public, to the animals that in need in our community and those who do not have a home to call their own.

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