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Fur Ball A Success

A fundraising ball for Animals Fiji was a resounding success at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa on Denarau Island in Nadi on Saturday night. Organisers say the event raised
11 May 2015 11:49
Fur Ball A Success
Friends during the Animals Fiji Fur Ball at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa on Denarau last Saturday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A fundraising ball for Animals Fiji was a resounding success at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa on Denarau Island in Nadi on Saturday night.

Organisers say the event raised more than $20,000.

The cash is to help build a permanent shelter.

The Animals Fiji Nadi Clinic (operated by the West Charity Trust Society), provides emergency care for sick animals and plays a vital role in the management and control of Fiji’s feral cat and dog populations.

It has been given three months to find new piece of land and premises to operate from or it will be forced to close.

This is why the ball was organised.

Saturday night’s event had a cocktail attire theme and a three-course gala dinner. Apart from live music and other entertainment, there were door prizes, raffles and auctions.

Co-founder and Managing Trustee of Animals Fiji Casey Quimby was delighted with the turnout.

“The Animals Fiji Fur Ball has been a fantastic event because we have risen over $20,000 as there has been a fantastic support from the community,” she said.

“Companies and resorts donated prizes. We had more than 15 auctioned items live and silent.

“We have really good support from the community, from all different walks of life and all different businesses.

“So where we are right now is not our permanent clinic. We are on borrowed land so we need one for our Nadi clinic.”

Since last July, the clinic has been operating from converted shipping containers on a temporary borrowed space in Namaka.

Animals Fiji is now eyeing a two-acre piece of land with an existing building.

“We have already placed a deposit on two acres of land in Nadi so the next step for us is to try to finish off that sale,” Ms Quimby said.

“We will purchase that land then we will have a stage process of moving to that land and building a permanent clinic.”

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