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40 days for animal lovers to raise $300k

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, May 26, 2014

PLAYING to a packed crowd of supporters on Denarau Island in Nadi, local artist Knox and New-Zealand musician Tiki Taane offered a helping hand to raise money for Animals Fiji.

The two artists hammed it up for the supporters who were in attendance to support the Nadi-based clinic which is facing eviction from its headquarters.

The animal health clinic has less than 40 days to raise a total of $300,000 to purchase land and rebuild the shelter.

Animals Fiji co-founder Casey Quimby said the turnout from supporters was a positive move to raise more funds for the relocation.

"We are happy that everyone came out to support Animals Fiji and to assist us in our plight right now which is being homeless," she said.

"We do have a temporary location thanks to Fiji Bandag Limited but we're also looking for a permanent home for our animals.

"We've managed to raise, so far, just shy of $62,000 but our goal is $300,000."

She said the target for the charity concert was at least $10,000.

"From our ticket sales and our raffle prizes we're hoping to raise that amount but right now we still got a long way to go.

"But the public support we've been getting has been fantastic. Our local supporters and those overseas have been overwhelming.

"However, some have been hesitant to donate because we don't have a stable location but we are reassuring them that we will not go down without a fight and we will find another home for our animals."

The landlord gave until June 30 to relocate.

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