Sunday 3 March 2019 some 16 hikers and their dogs walked to raise funds
for Manilva’s registered street cat charity, Asociacion Gatos de
Manilva. The walk was organised by Michele Yanez Bowker, a former
president of Adana, via her new platform “Fun & Fund” who undertake a
walk once a month to raise funds to benefit local charitable causes.
hikers did a circular walk of 11km beginning in the beautiful
countryside just south of Casares, walking through the valley, down into
the town, then continuing through the new cemetery area and across a
river, before completing the challenging, but picturesque, course.
Attendees enjoyed stunning scenery on the way, taking in local flora and
fauna as well as well as spotting a bird of prey soar overhead carrying
a writhing serpent in its beak! An equivalent of 60 floors was climbed
by the walkers as they completed the hilly route over a 3 hour period.
to the hike AGDM benefitted to the tune of Eur 256.20 and this sum will
go directly to purchasing new humane traps to be used in the
municipality of Manilva which will assist the charity in stabilising
street cat colonies with their TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) protocol.
Already close to one hundred feral cats in the Manilva area have been
spayed by AGDM, since last Autumn when the charity was officially
the walkers was Dean Tyler Shelton, a Councillor in the Environmental
Department of the Ayuntamiento of Manilva. President of AGDM, Amanda
Kiff said: “Michele’s platform of “Fun & Fund” has been instrumental
in equipping AGDM today with the money we need to buy much-needed
equipment. The whole AGDM team is very appreciative of her kind and
generous donation and we extend a big thanks to the hard working hikers
who took part today. We look forward to more opportunities in the future
to collaborate with such a wonderful group of people”.
White, Fundraising Manager for the charity said: “Today was a great
success. The weather was beautiful, the hikers did brilliantly and
Michele’s promotion of the event helped to raise the local profile of
AGDM. Anyone who is interested to attend our next fund-raising event
will be welcome. It is a choir concert by “Love To Sing” and a 3-course
lunch for Eur 20. This will be held at Bellavista Camping in Manilva at
12.30pm on Thursday 21 March. Anyone interested to attend should go to
‘Events’ at the charity’s Facebook page. Those who’d like to volunteer
for the street cat charity or who can offer a temporary foster home to a
cat or kitten should contact the association via their Facebook page
and leave a message. www.facebook.com/gatosdemanilva
Those who would like to take part in future local hikes for various charitable causes can find the “Fun & Fund” page at https://www.facebook.com/funandfund/