Mary Beth Kester, 6th grade teacher at the American School, invited me to pick up an envelope containing her students´ fundraising money for PEACEAnimals.
Leslie Caratachea, who had made an educational presentation a few weeks ago, was unable to attend, as she was working at the Linda Vista clinic.
The envelope containing 5,247.50 pesos had a message written on it: "PEACEAnimals - please continue your good work!"
The donation project was led by the students, who voted on what types of organizations they wanted to help, and then selected their own methods of raising funds.
They voted to help animals and to sell cookies or solicit donations for PEACEAnimals.
Twenty-one energetic and enterprising students split into two evenly divided groups. The cookie group sold 2,940 pesos worth of cookies and the solicitors raised 2,308.5 pesos.
PEACEEAnimals leashes were given to students to walk their dogs with or to give to someone with a dog that doesn´t have a leash.
Hopefully their fundraising experience will inspire these young people to become advocates for a cause they feel passionate about.
You can also help by purchasing the PEACEAnimals shopping/beach bags.
Three hundred PEACEAnimals blue mesh shopping/beach bags with extra-long straps are now available. The PEACEAnimals logo and website are on one side and the familiar mermaid on the other. Bags are 200 pesos each and can be purchased at:
• Lucy´s CuCu Cabana -295 Basilio Badillo (AFTER OCTOBER 25TH)
• Galeria Uno - 561 Morelos
• Colleción la Bohemia at Constitución and Basilio
• Cork&Bottle - Los Mercados - Aquiles Serdan 265
• Charlie's Sport Fishing and Tours- Local 8B -Marina Vallarta
• Galeria Dante - 269 Basilio Badillo
• Macaria- Josefa de Ortiz #129, between Morelos and the malecón
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS. We are almost ALWAYS SHORT on volunteers!!! Having people help with registrations, carrying pets from surgery tables to recovery tables, monitoring vital signs, returning pets to owners with certificates of sterilization/care instructions , plus clean-ups give the vet team more time for surgeries. And... this is an interesting way to see different colonias and ranch areas in and around Vallarta. Please sign up: Leslie Caratachea via Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org - or simply drop by and spend as much time as you like.
PEACEAnimals has a lunch budget of 70 pesos per vet team member (four persons) per day - 4 days a week. Please consider donating lunches for them, and please advise so we can create a lunch schedule. By having lunches donated, these savings can used for purchases of supplies and medicines.
We need donations of used and new kennels for cats and dogs of all sizes. We would also like to be able to give used or new collars and leashes to dog owners who bring their pets to the clinics.
Cost for one surgery week clinic is approximately $1,800 USD.
We appreciate your interest and support.
For more information, please visit PEACEAnimals, Gretchen's Blog or email email@example.com.
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