by Mdzananda Animal Clinic
You’ve got to be mad to work at the Mdzananda Animal Clinic and Marcelle is taking it to the next level. The clinic’s fundraising and communications manager, Marcelle van Zyl, has been given the opportunity to skydive for free. She will be using this opportunity to challenge herself and raise funds for the Mdzananda Animal Clinic.
On the 11th of May, in Atlantis Cape Town, Marcelle will be taking the 4000 meter jump equaling 60 seconds of free fall. “I am quite scared but I won’t let that get me down. This will be my first skydive. I am quite sure that I will be screaming from the moment I leave the plane to the moment I reach the ground,” says Marcelle.
The aim of the challenge is to raise R10 000 by getting people to sponsor her. These funds will be used to fund half the cost of installing security cameras at the clinic. The clinic has been victim to numerous burglaries and theft. Security cameras are needed to protect the staff and animals. “I am far from an adrenalin junkie; I am actually quite a “keep to myself” person. However, I do mad things when it comes to helping animals and skydiving is on my bucket list.,” says Marcelle. Marcelle will be jumping in a Cool Dogs outfit.
As part of their fundraising efforts, the Mdzananda Animal Clinic started the Mdzananda Cool Dogs. Cool Dogs are volunteers and supporters who raise funds for the clinic by challenging themselves. Anything can be seen as a challenge – running a race, playing a match, hosting an event – anything fun and challenging. To make things more challenging the volunteer can perform the challenge in a Cool Dogs doggy one-piece.
You can sponsor Marcelle by donating a once off amount or an amount per meter. Donate via Back A Buddy www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/skydiving-for-animals or directly to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic’s bank account: Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Standard Bank, Account: 075595710, Code: 025009, Reference: Sdive + YourName.
The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is the only permanent, veterinary council registered animal clinic in Khayelitsha, a township just outside of Cape Town, South Africa, home to more than 1.6 million people and their animals. The clinic provides primary veterinary healthcare services including consultations, hospitalization, general and orthopedic surgeries and mobile clinics. Their clients are primarily dogs and cats. The clinic has a strong focus on community empowerment and education to ensure responsible pet ownership into the future. It is also referred to as “The Happy Clinic” by clients and supporters. The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is made possible by IFAW (International Fund of Animal Welfare) since 2003, Dogs Trust UK since 2012 and individual donors and supporters.