It is that time of year to start planning how you will give back this festive season, and one charity has already got the ball rolling to help young animal rescuers.
Soweto, South Africa – Jerry Selwane is a former SPCA inspector who now runs his own animal rehabilitation centre, the Soweto Animal Rescue and Advisory Centre (SARAC) which he established in 2011.
Jerry set up the SARAC to help educate the community about animal welfare. He used all of his life, saving to make a difference. Over the years, he has seen great success in the change of attitude towards animal care.
One of the programmes he runs at SARAC is called “Jerry’s Rangers”. Being a non-profit, Jerry has to rely on the help of his community to find out about animal abuse and neglect cases. This is where his rangers come in. Jerry trains young men and women to keep an eye out for animals in the community. Should there be any problems, they report their findings to Jerry, who then jumps into action.
SARAC works to educate and uplift the community. They are showing the importance of having compassion for animals. Jerry’s rangers all come from difficult backgrounds where they have very little. They work closely with Jerry and become role models for other children within their sectors.
Through his animal charity, he is working with the leaders of tomorrow and changing lives
Linda Parish, from One Small Act of Kindness, has set up a crowdfund to raise money to give the young rangers a lovely Christmas gift.
“Each of these rangers – who are all children in the rural areas of Soweto – work hard to protect the animals of the townships and ensure people don’t abuse or neglect them. These young men and women – some as young as 8 – have a passion for animals like you cannot believe.”
If you would like to support the cause, you can donate to their crowdfund here, or you can gift the physical goods they need for the gifts. You can contact One Small Act of Kindness via Facebook for more information.