Tuesday, 18 October 2011 11:59
We here at Animal Friends have an ethos whereby we try to help as much as we can with the fight for animal welfare across the globe. Whilst we are a pet insurance provider we are also staunch advocates for animal welfare charities around the world, regularly donating vast amounts to charities worldwide.
Safe Haven is an excellent animal welfare charity that was founded 11 years ago in Israel and Palestine by English woman Lucy Fensom. Lucy decided to start the charity after she witnessed the suffering being endured by donkeys in the Middle East. Her aim was to provide a home for sick, abandoned and rescued donkeys. Thankfully Lucy has been able to continue to help these poor animals and we think the level of care and commitment that Safe Haven maintains is absolutely wonderful.
Animal Friends has supported Safe Haven for a long time now and so when we were invited to their annual fundraising ball we were delighted. Lucy gave a presentation detailing all of the great work that Safe Haven had done throughout the last year and some videos were shown that further conveyed the admirable care that the donkeys had received. After this everyone sat down to dinner and all of the Animal Friends staff who attended have commented on what a splendid dinner and great atmosphere it was.
A raffle and an auction were then held, with all the money raised going towards helping Safe Haven. It was at this point that Elaine Fairfax (Director and Founder of Animal Friends) and Chris Fairfax (Marketing and Legal Director of Animal Friends) presented Lucy with a cheque worth £10,000 to be donated to Safe Haven. Lucy looked shocked and surprised at such a generous donation. However, Elaine then rubbed out the number 10 and replaced it with 20 making the total donation £20,000. This act of generosity was met with a rapturous applause and Lucy and Elaine embraced with a hug from one animal lover to another.
Lucy was over-the-moon with Animal Friend’s donation and had this message of thanks:
“We were all so thrilled when Chris and Elaine Fairfax of Animal Friends Insurance presented us with a surprise donation of £20,000 during our annual dinner at the Grand in Brighton last Friday. This magnificent sum really will help us reach out to so many donkeys in need in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Twenty thousand thank yous to Animal Friends!”
We have always had a great relationship with Safe Haven and to date have donated £34,000 in a bid to help them with all the excellent work they do. Animal Friends also supports hundreds of other animal welfare charities around the world and our total donations made to all charities so far is £542,000.
We here at Animal Friends are ecstatic that our donation will help Lucy and all of her staff and we look forward to donating and working with them in the future.