A TOTAL of 106 avid golfers got together for animal welfare during the Pet World Marketing and SPCA Selangor’s ProDiet Swing for Strays Golf Championship 2014 recently.
The RM69,800 raised in the third edition of the charity golf event will fund the construction of a Cat Aviary at the SPCA Selangor ERA (Education, Rehabilitation and Adoption) Centre, which is scheduled to be completed next year.
The funds will also boost SPCA Selangor’s MissionHELP programme, a community-led project that funds animal rescuers, community animal feeders and subsidies animal vaccination and neutering.
The centre takes in more than 600 unwanted animals a month but does not receive any government funding and relies entirely on donations to support its services and facilities.
SPCA Selangor chairman Christine Chin said the funds raised from Swing for Strays 2014 would support the NGO’s continued efforts for the advancement of animal welfare.
“In addition, our upcoming ERA Centre will ensure that our fight against animal cruelty gathers greater momentum, with a renewed focus on Stray Free Malaysia, serving the animal community with mercy, care and compassion.”
With help from the animal-loving golfing public, it also receives goods that go towards supporting the aid and welfare of abandoned and abused animals.
Pet World Marketing chief executive officer Choy Peng Yew said on top of the RM140,000 raised from past events, the RM69,800 raised would go towards off-setting the shelter’s operational costs.
“We have also been contributing food for cats and dogs in the shelter since 2007 but since last year, we have been footing their yearly food bill,” said Choy, who has four dogs, three of which are from SPCA.
A golfer, who only wanted to be known as Kok, said he felt it was good timing for him to show support for the organisation.
“I have been away for most of the year and I miss my pets a lot.
“This charity event gave me a chance to make a difference for strays and abandoned animals as they deserve to be loved just as much,” he said.
SPCA Selangor patron Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye commended the golfers and the organisers who came out to support the cause.
“I am proud to say that Swing for Strays 2014 has made a valuable and meaningful contribution to SPCA Selangor,” he said.
Lee also wants to see SPCA’s efforts get a boost in the form of the draft Animal Welfare Bill, which he said had been forwarded to the Attorney-General’s Chambers and was being studied before going to Parliament.
“I am convinced that the speedy introduction of the Animal Welfare Bill is necessary to end all forms of animal abuse and cruelty irrespective of where it happens. When the Bill passes into law, those responsible can finally be held accountable and penalised,” he added
The tournament was won by Tan See Lee, closely followed by young aspiring golfer Andrez Stephan, while Tan Choo Bee marked his place as second runner-up.