|A Holi Cabaret Fundraising evening held on Sunday 22 March 2015 in Covent Garden has raised almost £2,000 for Tree of Life for Animals (TOLFA), a charity which runs an animal hospital and rescue centre in Rajasthan, India. Holi is an ancient Hindu Spring festival also known as the Festival of Colours.Founded by British veterinary nurse Rachel Wright in 2005, the TOLFA hospital has treated more than 70,000 animals since it opened its doors with its team of veterinary staff and nurturing volunteers now rescuing, treating, neutering and vaccinating more than 300 animals daily.|
70 guests attended the cabaret evening which featured entertainment from former TOLFA trustee and professional actress, Helen Watson. During the evening, Dr Sue Bretherton, TOLFA’s Managing Trustee, presented to guests on the education project she is directing at TOLFA. It involves going into schools and villages to teach children about the ’5 Freedoms’ of animal welfare with the aim of helping them to understand that animals are an important part of our environment and how to show kindness and compassion to them. The project also raises of awareness of rabies and how it can be prevented. Videos were shown of TOLFA’s work and highlighting the positive effect it is having on the welfare of all animals in the area. Its main sponsors, the Betty and Bernard Davidson Trust, were also thanked.
Clara Nowak, UK Manager for TOLFA, said: “Our Holi cabaret evening is becoming a regular fixture. It is thoroughly enjoyed by all our guests and the funds it raises are vital to help us continue our important work in India. We’re very grateful to Helen Watson and everyone else who gave up their time to contribute to its success and to those who came along to support it. Our vision is to bring healing, compassion and hope to India’s sick and injured animals and empowerment to the communities of which they are a part. We have achieved a great deal already in the fields of animal health, rescue and education but, with continued support, we can make our projects a success and create healthier and happier futures for more animals and people in need. We’d be delighted to hear from any veterinary practices who might be interested in raising awareness of our work or fundraising for us. Spreading the word and fundraising are so important and will help the TOLFA team to continue its vital work.”