What a fantastic Ark Party! Including a 1,000 GBP donation from a Special Supporter, which has been ring-fenced to pay for our cat neutering programme, we received over 10,000 tl for Kuşadası Street Animals! What a Team – what a result!

A Flavour of ARK’s Cruise . . .

This is what I said:

Welcome everybody to ARK’s second cruise event, on this fine ship, the Matador. The first event, at the end of July, was such an outstanding success that we have decided to make these cruises a regular feature of ARK’s fundraising events calendar.

Each month, since we were established in April 2018, has had its challenges – but none, I feel, as great as those of August 2019.

As our reputation spreads, the number of animals referred to us increases and our vets bills rise.

Our August vets bills, that I paid yesterday, were the highest ever. During the first week of August Kuşadası Belediye, the Council, asked us for help. The Shelter employs 4 vets but it had run out of money to finance the treatment of the animals kept there, and also those collected by the Hybulance. ARK was asked to take over, with immediate effect, the funding of the treatment of cases too complicated to be treated by the Shelter vets and also those collected by the Hybulance.

I was shocked – we’re a small charity – we’ve been running less than 18 months with limited funds – as we have become more well-known, our vets bills have increased every month – and we certainly had not budgeted to pay for the Shelter also. However, rather than leaving it unsupported, we agreed to finance it short term.

Since then during a period of 6 weeks, ARK’s Shelter vets bill (mainly for broken limbs, the result of Road Traffic Accidents) is 10,500tl – and unfortunately if we aren’t to jeapardise our ability to carry out our mission, to pay for the veterinary treatment of Kuşadası injured or sick street animals, we cannot afford to give more.

To finance the Shelter we have had to postpone temporarily our cat neutering programme, which is very dear to our hearts.

At the beginning of September we therefore gave formal notice to the Belediye that ARK would only be able to afford to pay another 4,000tl on top of the 6,500tl we had already paid. That limit has already been reached.

During August we funded the treatment of 84 street animals – of which we are justifiably proud.

As you all know, in July ARK member Deniz swam 7 kms from the Greek island Meis to Kaş, with the intention of raising sufficient money to neuter 7 Kusadası street dogs. Her ‘7 kms to Neuter 7 Street Dogs’ campaign was so successful that she raised enough donations to neuter 23 female dogs!

So far, 7 dogs have already been neutered, so Deniz has fulfilled her initial goal, with another operation on the list for tomorrow, ARK committee member Maggie Mellor has another scheduled to be neutered in a week or two, when the dog comes off heat, and I know that Giselle also has two on the reserve list. Well done Deniz!!

Our Salt Box Charity Shop continues to do well – thank you to those of you who support us there with your donations of clothes and bric a brac and of course to our volunteers who run it. The next table top sale will be on Tuesday morning, and we look forward to seeing you there.

We are constantly working as hard as we can to raise money so that we never have to turn away an animal in distress – so thank you very much for coming this evening to support our charity.

Dinner will be served at 7.45 . . . thank you very much Beverley for organising this event and to you, Jane, Brenda and Banu for your hard work in preparing the food. Our thanks also to Tony and Joe, who have helped Beverley .

Our quiz, conducted by Jane will take place at 8.30 and then the raffle is scheduled for around 9.00 pm. We have some lovely prizes, that include breakfasts from Palm Beach and Mayflower, gold and silver jewellery from Silver Palace and Freddy the Jeweller, souvenirs from Alı Durdu, 200tl discount off glasses purchased from Lydia Optics, a tapestry shopping bag from Saray Pashmina, a Hugo Boss tshirt from Alwear, chocolate from Karen and a lot more.

At 9.30 Tony will be our call master for a game of bingo – and this will be followed by music and dancing.

Unless we get blown off course by an unpredicted storm, we aim to be back in port by 11.00.

HAVE A LOVELY EVENİNG!

Yine harika bir ARK Partisi!

Kusadasi sokak hayvanlari icin, kedi kisirlastirma programimizda kullanilmak uzere Ozel Bir Bagisci tarafindan verilen1000 Pound’luk ozel bagis da dahil olmak uzere,10.000 Liradan fazla bagis toplandi. Harika ekip, harika sonuc!

Acilis konusmamda sunlari soyledim:

Bu guzel tekne Matador’da duzenledigimiz ikinci etkinligimize hepiniz hosgeldiniz. Temmuz ayi sonunda gerceklestirdigimiz ilk tekne gezisi etkinligimiz o kadar basarili olmustu ki, bu etkinligi ARK’in yararina duzenledigimiz etkinlik takviminin duzenli bir parcasi yapmaya karar verdik.

2018’in Nisan ayinda kuruldugumuzdan beri, her ayin kendine has guclukleri oldu. Ama Agustos 2019’da bunlarin en buyugunu yasadik saniyorum.

Taninirligimiz arttikca, bize yonlendirilen hayvan sayisi ve dolayisiyla veteriner masraflarimiz da artti.

Dun itibariyle odemis oldugum Agustos ayi veteriner masrafimiz simdite kadarki en buyuk miktardi. Agustosun ilk haftasinda Kusadasi Belediyesi bizden yardim istedi. Barinakta gorev yapan 4 veteriner hekim var ancak kurumun oradaki hayvanlari ve Haybulans tarafindan getirilenleri ameliyat etmesi icin butcesi kalmamisti. Barinakta gerceklestirilmek icin fazla guc olan operasyonlar ve Haybulansin getirdigi hayvanlarin ameliyatlari icin acilen devreye girmemiz istendi

Cok sasirmistim -cunku kucuk bir yardimlasma dernegiyiz- calismalarimizi 18 aydan az bir suredir yurutuyoruz -ve taninirligimiz arttikca veteriner masraflarimiz her ay artiyor ve butcemiz bir de barinak adina odeme yapmak icin yeterli degil. Yine de hic destek vermemektense, kisa vadeli finansal destek vermeyi kabul ettik.

O zamandan itibaren 6 hafta boyunca, ARK’in veteriner masrafi (cogunlugu trafik kazalari sonrasi olusan kiriklarin operasyonlari icin olmak uzere) 10.500 Lira ve ne yazik ki, Kusadasi’nin hasta veya yarali hayvanlarina yardim etme misyonumuzdan vazgecmedigimiz surece bundan fazlasini verme gucumuz yok.

Barinagi desteklemek adina, cok onemsedigimiz kedi kisirlastirma programimizi askiya almak zorunda kaldik.

Bu sebeple Eylul basi itibariyle, ARK simdiye kadar odemis oldugu 6500 Liraya ek olarak 4000 Lira daha verdikten sonra bu destegi sonlandiracagini Belediyeye resmi dilekceyle bildirdik. Ve bu limite coktan ulasmis bulunuyoruz.

Agustos ayi boyunca 84 sokak hayvaninin tedavisini ustlenmis olmanin hakli gururunu yasiyoruz.

Hepinizin bildigi gibi, ARK gonullumuz Deniz, 7 disi kopegin kisirlastirmak icin yeterli bagisi toplayabilmek icin Yunan adasi Meisten Kasa 7 km yuzdu. “7 Kopek Icin 7 Km” adli projesi o kadar basarili oldu ki, tam 23 disi sokak kopegini kisirlastirmaya yetecek kadar bagis toplandi!

Simdiye kadar 7 kopek kisirlastirildi, yani Deniz baslangic hedefine ulasmis oldu. Yarin icin bir kisirlastirma operasyonu daha planlanmis durumda, bunun yani sira ARK gonullusu Maggie Mellor ile 1-2 hafta icinde gerceklestirilmesi planlanan bir operasyon daha var. Ayrica Giselle’in de iki kopek icin daha rezervasyon yaptirdigini biliyorum. Tebrikler Deniz!

Salt Box Yardim Dukkanimizdaki yogun calisma suruyor -bize giysi ve esya bagislayan ve tabii ki dukkani isler kilan tum gonullulerimize tesekkur ederiz. Bir sonraki kermesimiz Sali sabahi gerceklesecek ce sizleri orada gormek icin sabirsizlaniyoruz.

Yardima muhtac hicbir hayvani geri cevirmemek icin surekli olarak elimizden geldigince cok calisiyoruz. Bu yuzden bu gece buraya gelerek dernegimizi desteklediginiz icin cok tesekkur ederiz.
Yemek saat 19.45’te servis edilecek. Bu etkinligi organize ettigi icin Beverley’e, yemekleri hazirladiklari icin Jane, Brenda ve Banu’ya cok tesekkurler. Beverley’e hazirliklarda yardimci olan Tony ve Joe’ya da ayrica tesekkur ederiz.

Jane tarafindan yonetilen quizimiz saat 20.30’da baslayacak ve sonrasindaki hediye cekilisimiz saat 21.00’de baslayacak. Cok guzel odullerimiz var: Palm Beach’ten ve Mayflowerdan kahvalti, Silver Palace ve Freddy the Jeweller’den gumus ve altin takilar, Lidya Optik’ten yapilacak alimlarda gecerli 200 Liralik indirim, Ali Durdu’dan hediyelik esyalar, Saray Pashmina’dan alisveris cantasi, Alwear’dan Boss tshirt, Karen’dan cikolata ve daha fazlasi.

Saat 21.30’da Tony’nin sunumuyla tombala oynayacagiz ve ardindan muzik ve dansla devam edecegiz.

Beklenmedik bir firtina yuzunden degisiklik yapmak zorunda kalmazsak 23.00’de limana donmeyi planliyoruz.

Cok guzel bir aksam gecirmenizi diliyoruz!