by Nicolas Stephanou - President PAWS, November 2007
Year by year, the PAWS annual event is becoming established as the main local event for animal welfare as well as the local celebration of World Animal Day (see www.worldanimalday. org.uk and Wikepedia for further information) which occurs on 4 October.
This year the PAWS event was hosted at the Athena Hall of the Paros Agnanti Hotel, on Sunday 30th September. As the main issue for PAWS recently has been to raise enough money to cover all the expenses incurred by the booming rehoming abroad programme, special attention was given to ensure that the event was going to be a good fundraiser. This was a matter of life or death, figuratively for PAWS which was on the edge of bankruptcy, and literally for many unwanted dogs of Paros who wouldn’t have many chances of survival as strays.
So it was decided to organize a “silent auction” of products and services donated by businesses and individuals. We were deeply touched by the generosity of most of those contacted by the PAWS board. In just a few days, we managed to collect 60 items and services from almost 40 businesses. This way participants had the opportunity to acquire useful things at interesting prices whilst also raising funds for PAWS. It was very exciting and very effective, since, happily, 3,000 euros were raised during the evening! This amount was a net benefit since there were zero expenses. The hotel’s rental cost was sponsored by Royal Canine, the hotel itself and ParosWeb. The delightful buffet was offered by Happy Green Cows, master caterer Bruce Hymers and Maria’s Pastry Shop from Naoussa. And lastly the wines were generously offered by the Winery of Manolis Moraitis.
Close to 100 people attended the event which also included a video produced by the Greek Animal Welfare Fund (GAWF) summarizing animal welfare issues and an amazing performance by dog trainer Sadrina Valata (http://www.dog-trainer.gr/) and her star dog Leslie who came all the way from Athens especially for the event.
PAWS intends to support its sponsors as much as it can: it is apparent that a private service organization such as PAWS can only survive if it is in turn supported by the local businesses and the local community. The 3,000 euro generated by the event added to another 4,000 euro anonymously donated in August by a generous supporter will keep PAWS afloat now for a little bit longer.
Please don’t forget to pay your annual membership. This regular income is indispensable for PAWS’ survival, as much as volunteer work is. Currently PAWS needs help in the following areas: temporary fostering of a dog or a cat, secretarial work and translations. Please contact us on the phone number or email above if you can be of assistance.
Finally, a big thank you to all our generous sponsors and volunteers without whom our annual event would not have been possible:
Royal Canine, ParosWeb.com, Paros Agnanti Hotel, Happy Green Cows, Bruce Hymers, Moraitis Winery, Sadrina Valata, Blondie and Tom Vucich, their two lovely nieces, Eleni Grammatikaki and Marta from the Wired Café: they have all been an incredible help the day of the event. Thanks also to Polos Tours, Ballos Car Rentals and Typografio for their sponsorshop and to the following merchants who provided items for the silent auction:
Kinigopoulos Stones, Kykladitikos Kedros, Sarandinides Jewellery, Royal Canine, Studio Yria, Salacia Spa Centre, Anthemis Jewellery, Parosweb.com, Skaramangas Jewellery, Sulla Luna, Magisa Gifts, Polos Tours, Tao’s Center, Jack Steward, Frou Frou Lingerie, Barbaris Shoes Villa Konstantin Apartments on Mykonos, Veterinarian Antonis Lambrou, Andreadis Home Stores, Ballos Car Rentals, Audiophile, Kamara Antiques, Dentist Dimitra Drakou, Pet Shop Tassos, Drosostalida Gift Shop, Athanasoulis Opticians, Zinais Shoes, Lolita Jewellery, Bit of Salt, Palaiopoleio Antiques, Renaissance Bookstore, Paria Lexi Bookshop, Spiros Taverna, Yossif Liquor Shop, Nikos Saris, Anoussakis Market, Saita Bookstore, Art Line Hairdressers, Nikiforos Roussos Hardware, Malibu Bar Grill Logaras, Kostas Restaurant Drios.