EXCITEMENT is building in the Breede River Valley in anticipation of a rare musical event. For the first time, the popular Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will perform in Robertson, at the Oos-Kerk on Sunday 8 October, at 3pm. To add to the significance of this event, the sparkling music programme is presented in aid of Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary in McGregor. Eseltjiesrus offers a permanent safe haven for donkeys that have been rescued from dire circumstances, have been abused or are now simply “pensioners”.
The concert is also held to emphasise music’s role in bringing people together. Organiser Johan van Zijl talks more about the option to also buy tickets for others: “By sponsoring any number of tickets, younger and older people can share the privilege of enjoying great music, which might not be possible for them otherwise. Public support for the sponsorship of tickets for old age homes, choirs, youth homes and music students will be highly appreciated by everyone.”
The orchestra consists of 55 talented musicians from all cultural groups and offers a programme of entertaining musical items which is appropriately called Music For Everyone. The gathering offers a dual benefit: the enjoyment of good music and support for the welfare and care of donkeys.
Tickets (R150 for adults and R75 for students) are available at tourism offices in Robertson, Montagu and McGregor. In Worcester the point of sale is Durban Street Animal Clinic. Alternatively, tickets can be bought online by contacting [email protected] by email. For further enquiries, call 023 625 1593.
Eseltjiesrus, just outside McGregor, was registered as a welfare organisation 16 years ago and all its activities and finances are monitored by a competent board. The sanctuary offers a permanent home and expert, loving care for donkeys in need, whether retired, neglected or abused. Here they can enjoy their last years with donkey company, no stress, shelter, adequate feed and care until their death with dignity.
Eseltjiesrus also helps donkeys beyond their fences by offering educational opportunities for donkey owners, carers and animal welfare workers. The helpline is available daily on 023 625 1593. Visitors are welcome from Thursdays to Sundays between 10am and 4pm. Contact: [email protected]
Watch the video of Donkiehemel, a song David Kramer wrote and released for Eseltjiesrus last year.