On Sunday 6th of November 2016, Jacaranda FM DJ and Glamour Women of the Year Award winner – Kriya Gangiah – hosted a family fun pet’s day out at the Brooklyn Primary School Sports Field, Pretoriato raise funds for Woodrock Animal Rescue Shelter. This year’s ‘Bark in the Park’ festival raised a grand total of R12 000, which was donated by Gangiah to the non-profit, pro-life, rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing facility situated in Gauteng.


“I’m so grateful for all the support we received at this year’s festival – the turnout was beyond our expectations and the money raised is going to a really worthy cause. The Woodrock Animal Shelter have been in need of fundingto assist them with the development of a much needed animal clinic and the money raised from this year’s festival will go a long way in helping them achieve this.I believe the clinic will be an asset to the community and being an animal lover myself I feel very strongly about making sure animals that have been abused or abandoned deserve to be looked after and loved.Having a festival like Bark in the Park is a great platform to raise awareness for a cause like this and I am hoping that this festival will continue to grow every year and eventually become a national event that communities look forward to sharing with their pets,” stated Gangiah.


As part of the ambiance for the day food stores were set up with hungry pet owners lining up to sample the delicious food on offer. Tasty and nutritious snacks were also available for the attending pets and even a special cooling station for pooches was on offer. Picnic blankets were a common sight on the day, while Roan van As serenaded the crowd with his acoustic set. All the furry friends in attendance along with their owners thoroughly enjoyed the festivitiesin aidof helping other less fortunate animals. “We are so thankful to Kriya for using her public influence and platforms to help us raise funds for the clinic. All the funds raised willassistus look after the rescued pets that are brought into the shelter. We are delighted that the festival was such a huge success and we look forward to it being an annual event,” statedStella Meldau from the Woodrock Animal Rescue Shelter.

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