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Cape Town – In support of The Emma Animal Rescue Society (TEARS) animal rescue shelter, the Newlands branch of an international club, the Deep South Lions, is patting itself on the back after a good turnout for its annual charity bike ride. On Sunday morning, the group, which spans from the Western Cape to Namibia, hosted a charity bike ride to collect vital products for animals currently housed at TEARS in Masiphumelele.

Although the charity bike ride was part of the club’s annual community engagements, Deep South Lions Club president Rory Stier said it was necessary, “almost vital,” to help those in need because of the ongoing pandemic. Our annual charity bike run is such a significant initiative and every year we are more than happy to grow and expand it. I believe this year there were donations of products totalling R15 000.

We had over 100 bikers who joined us and about 30 motorcycles, so the turn-out was great. At the shelter, people brought food and blankets for the animals. They all came here with something for the animals, and we couldn’t be happier as a club. “It is rewarding to facilitate community aid, and we are grateful to TEARS for enabling us to continue to support them where we can,” said Stier.

TEARS operations manager Mandy Store said: “The generosity of the Deep South Lions Charity Bike Ride in support of vulnerable companion animals is overwhelmed by TEARS Animal Rescue.” “TEARS has been regularly feeding dogs and cats in the low-income neighborhoods we support during the Covid-19 crisis. At a time of so much financial instability and scarcity, this relief has gone a long way towards helping pet owners sustain their pets.

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