Bequest Society News
Catching up with special friends who have made the decision to remember our SPCA in their Wills
Friend and protector
Isn’t it amazing how the
memories of animals
we have loved endure long
after they have passed on?
Many of us can remember
in remarkable detail our
very first pet – and still
describe their amusing
antics and habits. Bequest
Society member, Joy
Schimper, shares fond
memories of her family
"Honey, a cross Ridgeback/Boxer, was an SPCA rescue we had when my children were growing up," she explains.
Joy worked at Faith for Daily Living, and every day when she arrived home from work, Honey would be sitting outside, waiting for her. As soon as she caught sight of Joy, Honey would run inside to alert the family and then run back out to greet her mistress.
"Honey was very loving and protective of the children," Joy remembers fondly.
Animals have always played an important part in Joy’s life. So the decision to leave a bequest to ensure that those in distress will continue to be rescued and cared for by the SPCA, was easy to make. Posted 29 January 2020
Circle of life
Honey, the dog in the story
alongside, has been gone for
many years now. But we wonder
if there isn’t another 'Honey' in
the making right here? This cute
pup was recently adopted from our SPCA and we’re predicting
these two new friends will share
many adventures and special
Thank you for supporting our work, and helping to make happy new lives possible for unwanted dogs and cats. Posted 29 January 2020
Lasting tribute to a special man
Seeing her husband's name on a
plaque on one of our kennels
was a bitter sweet moment for
Barbara Thomas, who joined a
group of supporters for a Tea and
Tour of our SPCA recently.
Her husband, Eddie, passed away in November 2006, and the plaque is a meaningful tribute to a man who throughout his life held animals in high regard.
Mary Koen, our Bequest Liaison Officer, took the group ‘behind the scenes’ at our premises so they could gain a greater insight into the work that goes on here, and meet some of the animals that benefit from their support.
After the tour, the group enjoyed tea with freshly baked scones and cupcakes at Coffee Cats Café.
If you are interested in joining our next Tea and Tour, please call Mary Koen on 031 579 6535. Posted 29 January 2020
Good bye to a dear friend
We were saddened to hear of
the death of long-time
friend and supporter,
Peter Chamberlain, who passed away
on his birthday, 21 October, 2019.
Originally from London, Peter came to South Africa in the early 80s to establish Capital Radio 604, broadcasting from Port St Johns. He managed the radio station for a decade, during which he also became the face of Natal Lotto. More recently he was bingo host for Sun International.
Peter had a long association with our SPCA. He MC’d our Pet Fun Day and Bequest Society lunches, keeping us in stitches with his quick wit and jokes. We extend sincere condolences to his family and friens
Posted 29 January 2020
Start of another lifelong friendship?
Chatting to one of our newest
members, Sheila Hansen, we
discovered that her love of animals
can be traced back to when, as a
five-year old, she was shown a
litter of kittens at her mom’s
hairdressers – and decided to take
one home with her.
Her mother had no idea that Sheila had taken the kitten – and was quite horrified when shefound out. But 'Le-Woos', as he was named, was through the door and had no intention of leaving! He remained Sheila’s faithful companion for over 20 years.
Sheila believes that animals need our help – and by leaving a legacy to the SPCA in her Will, she knows that she’ll continue helping them in the future.
Watching another tiny kitten making friends with a young boy at our SPCA recently, we wondered if history might repeat itself. It's always so heartwarming to see adopted animals going home with their new owners. Posted 29 January 2020
Message from our Bequest Liaison Officer, Mary Koen
Warm, friendly, and with the biggest
heart, Mary Koen is a familiar face
at the Durban & Coast SPCA.
"Over the past 10 years, I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the most inspiring people who are members of our Bequest Society. I read somewhere that we touch people's lives simply by existing. But I was unprepared for the impact that so many of you have had on my life.
"Thank you for sharing your rich history ... the stories that make me laugh (and sometimes cry) ... and your sheer goodness and love for animals. I always look forward to our lunches and the chance to catch up or just see a familiar face. Even just enjoying a chat on the phone brightens my day. Thank you all for being so special." Posted 29 January 2020
In loving memory of Dr Paddy McDowell
We're sad to report that on
5 December 2019 our
former Bequest Society chair,
Dr Paddy McDowell, passed away
at the age of 89. He chaired the
society for eight years before retiring due to ill health.
Born in the small market town of Ballynahinch in Northern Ireland, Paddy was brought up around horses and had an enduring affection for all animals. An avid sportsman, he represented Eastern Province at hockey and athletics, played golf off a two handicap and was a former president of the Natal Swimming Association. He held an MCom in economics and a PhD in international trade finance. Paddy is survived by his wife, Jenny, five children, 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. We extend our sincere condolences to the family. Posted 29 January 2020