Charity hikers step out for strays

Charity hikers step out for strays


On 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.

The 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.

Thanks 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 registered.

Amongst 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”.

Melissa 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.

Those who would like to take part in future local hikes for various charitable causes can find the “Fun & Fund” page at


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