Herewith some news from the leafy suburb of Walton on Thames!
Thank you so much for putting Georgie Knagg’s excellent report on the Whiteley Village Summer Fair on bambazonke. It resulted in us receiving many emails from ex Zimbabweans now living in Australia, UK, Abu Dhabi and South Africa, and of course many local Zimbabweans – all very pleased to hear about the VAWZ Donkey Project at Beit Bridge.
When I left Zimbabwe in 2012, I made a promise to myself that somehow we would set up a facility at Beit Bridge for the hundreds of donkeys in the area whose suffering I have witnessed for many years.
Jabalani is a Zulu word meaning “Rejoice” or “Come to bring Happiness to Everybody” – the name could not be more appropriate.
Thanks to many generous folk in several countries, the RSPCA UK, our amazing UK Trustee Cindy Griffith, & last but not least the hard working VAWZ team in Zimbabwe, my dream is becoming a reality.
VAWZ UK has recently been able to send VAWZ in Zimbabwe, enough funds to purchase, a 2nd hand caravan, borehole & pump, construction of a water trough, drugs, a humane killer, education pamphlets in Shona, Ndebele & Venda, and finally reflective ear tags to stop the carnage on the roads.
I recently judged the Fun Dog Show here at Whiteley Village, all money raised goes to the Welfare Fund which finances many aspects of the village such as the Library, the Care Home, and equipment for the various clubs.
My Ring Steward was another ex Zimbabwean Bob Dunkley (there are apparently 56 of us here!), who some might remember was Finance Manager of Agri Foods for several years.
My Best in Show was a lovely Rotti X German Shepherd belonging to a local policeman. “Buddy”