South Africa’s Heritage Day, a poignant reminder of shared compassion for animals
On the 24th September South Africa celebrated Heritage Day.
In true South African style, families, friends and acquaintances gathered from all over South Africa to celebrate their heritage.
At the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha, the celebrations were made all the more sweeter as the project’s newly completed surgery building was officially opened, with the official ribbon cutting ceremony preceded by a local gospel choir.
Stirring up the celebratory mood of the moment, the choir led to more than one of us having to resist the urge to break into dance as the rhythmic beat of the music travelled through us.
A strong gathering of people witnessed this exciting milestone in the “life” of the project, including staff, community members, pet owners and long-time Mdzananda supporters from all four corners of the Western Cape.
It was a poignant reminder that even though we may not all have the same heritage, many of us share the same compassion and drive and a like-minded commitment and dedication to work together for good, for the people and animals of Khayelitsha.
With the “Cape Doctor” having taken care of the cloud cover, chasing most of the overcast weather away, the sunshine was a welcome relief after a spate of recent fronts had left Cape Town reeling from the cold.
With the ribbon cutting done and dusted, everyone gathered near the entrance of the new surgery to view the impressive building where all the project’s future surgeries will take place.
The many proud faces and smiles of the staff could not be missed and it was a privilege for me, as a representative of IFAW, to share this important day with them.