Animal Rescue Shelter project gets kickstart

Great party at Cape St Francis Resort for animal rescue shelter

Cape St Francis Resort rocked to the great old sounds of the 60’s and 70\s omn Saturday night when the Grosvenor Road Band along with Port Elizabeth based Joe van der Linder, wound back the clock and entertained an audience of Rock ‘n Rollers, young and old, to some great music from the era. Although most chose not to dress for the occasion a few did and without doubt Vanessa Johnson really looked the part and deservedly won a voucher from TOFFEE for her efforts although Bev Mortimer certainly deserves a mention for her getup. The best dressed man prize went to James Parker who won the use of a self-drive boat for a day kindly sponsored by Little Venice.

The evening was made possible through the generosity of Fiona and Fasie Malherbe of Cape St Francis Resort who so kindly sponsored the event for St Francis Animal Rescue to kick off a fund to create a foundation funding for a much needed Animal Rescue shelter and clinic in St Francis. One of the big differences to the evening’s event that was unlike so many other fundraising events was that there were no auctions or raffles to further empty the revellers pockets for Fasie and Fiona and Cape St Francis Resort paid for all the food, bottles of wine, red and white, on the tables, the décor, the cost of the band and a lot more allowing every penny made from the door to go to St Francis Animal Rescue.

Riekie Minnie, F&B manager at the resort, along with her staff went the extra mile with décor setup and a lovely touch that brought back memories of one’s younger days was the Chappies bubblegum decorating the tables along with the bottles of wine. Well done Cape St Francis Resort and “The Space” really is a great venue for anyone looking to hold a similar function. Dinner for the evening was fun fare with hamburgers and ice cream in true sixties style.

Before the band rocked the guests onto the dance floor the inimitable Jo Brown introduced the purpose of the evening giving a background to the work being done by the St Francis Animal Rescue team of volunteers. Jo really does have an amazing talent as an MC and will always raise more than a few chuckles with her Manchester turn of humour.

Unfortunately this scribe had not been well for a few days so left the party before it got into full swing and so sadly missed what was apparently a highlight of the evening when the band performed a trilogy of music by recently deceased Leonard Cohen. Certainly one of my favourites, let’s hope they again include this trilogy in other gigs that they play at in future for by all accounts it was brilliant.

St Francis Animal Rescue stalwart Susan Rae Fox had this to say. “Thank you so much Fasie and Fiona, the Cape St Francis Resort and of course to everyone that supported the event and to those that continually support us in our effort to improve the life of the animals that so need help.”

More information of the work done by St Francis Animal Rescue can be viewed on their Facebook page


“For those that still need to pay for their tickets (R195.00) or wish to make a donation, thank you for your support and apologies for not being able to offer credit card facilities:”

St Francis Animal Rescue bank details are:-
St Francis Animal Rescue
Standard Bank – Humansdorp
Branch: 050015
Business Savings Account
Account Number: 186532814

Below is a slide show video of the work done by St Francis Animal rescue and the plans for the animal rescue shelter.