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Quiz night fundraiser

Monday July 11, 2016 Written by Published in Local

The SOCIETY for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Cook Islands will host a quiz night at the RSA on July 21 to help fund the institution’s desexing programme.


About 150 people are expected to attend the event which has the theme, Animals Around the World.

President Sharon Reichardt said the organisation had been receiving positive feedback from the public with many already confirming their attendance.

She said they were hoping to raise $5000 during the fundraising drive.

“The quiz night is to help us raise money towards an island-wide animal desexing programme. This will cost a lot of money and we need to be continually fundraising in order to achieve our goal of getting the programme off the ground,” Reichardt.

“There will be a full bar service provided by the RSA and hot food for sale.

Door prizes and raffles throughout the night and we have some other great prizes for contests such as  “Best Dressed.”

She said the quiz night would also be an opportunity to introduce SPCA’s two new caretakers who had just arrived.

“Steph Saunders and Robyn Kippenberger have extensive experience within the SPCA and will bring a wealth of knowledge and support in many areas for us here in Rarotonga,” she said.

Saunders has over 30 years’ experience with the SPCA on both local and national levels and holds a Certificate in Veterinary Forensics and NZQA qualification in Animal Welfare Investigations, compliance and control. She is also a vet nurse.

She coordinated and led a team in response to animal rescue during the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes and is a member of the National Disaster Response Team.

Kippenburger was chief executive of the RNZSPCA from 2005-2013 and is highly familiar with the SPCA’s operations.

She has assisted and advised 48 SPCAs throughout New Zealand and has worked extensively with government.

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