Fun ways to raise funds

Fun ways to raise funds
The campaign is a collaboration between IKEA, Save Our Street Dogs, and Animal Lovers' League. It advocates that sometimes, it takes more than a good piece of furniture to complete a home.

Animal lovers are coming up with more creative ways to raise awareness and funds for charity - from cook-outs for a good cause to cute animal- themed merchandise.

Next month, for instance, Hope Dog Rescue teams up with Klapsons The Boutique Hotel to hold a charity barbecue to raise funds for rescued dog Bruno.

Bruno was found about 21/2 weeks ago in a paint factory, with ticks and wounds around his face and paws. He has been undergoing treatment at the vet's since the start of this month.

For every ticket bought for the event, $20 will go to Hope Dog Rescue, a group of volunteer animal rescuers.

Charity barbecue

Klapsons hotel has been holding events almost every month at its sky terrace bar, Fabrika, since June last year. Dubbed Doggy Saturdays, they are held as fund-raisers with animal welfare organisations, including Action for Singapore Dogs.

While it will no longer host Doggy Saturdays, Klapsons will continue to organise ad hoc events for a specific cause.

"When there is a purpose, the response is amazing," says Ms Anna Tong, 56, Klapsons' general manager. "I am really touched by the number of people who like animals."

The animal lover has been supporting organisations such as Hope Dog Rescue in her private capacity. She approached Hope Dog Rescue about the hotel doing its bit to raise funds for Bruno when she heard about his rescue.

They brainstormed and the result is the upcoming charity barbecue. Held at Fabrika from 5 to 8pm on June 14, its tickets are priced at $68 a person, of which $20 will be donated.

Those interested to attend can e-mail Klapsons (info@klapsons.com) or Hope Dog Rescue (fiona@hopedogrescue.org) for tickets. The barbecue is expected to attract up to 120 people and 60 dogs.

Ms Tong hopes the event will be more than a fund-raiser.

"The main part is to let people chill with their pets," she says. "We live in a fast-paced society and a lot of people don't sit back and relax."

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