One of the animals that the SPCA rescued from dogfighting in the last year. Ice was continuously attacked as a bait dog and was used to train other dogs to become fighters. Picture: Supplied.
One of the animals that the SPCA rescued from dogfighting in the last year. Ice was continuously attacked as a bait dog and was used to train other dogs to become fighters. Picture: Supplied.

Gamers unite on the virtual battlefield to help SPCA

By Keshia Africa Time of article published Jul 15, 2021

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Multi-gaming organisation Bravado Gaming is hosting a gameathon this Saturday, July 17, in aid of raising funds for local animal shelter, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

The Gaming for Good event will consist of five gamers who will stream live on Twitch and YouTube. While streaming, they will post a donation link for viewers, to support the SPCA.

The gamers that are participating in the event are Jana Du Toit, Barry Forster, Kyle Swart, Jessica Maij and Adam Bhamjee.

The team will be playing various video games which include Apex Legends, Hearthstone and Fortnite. Streaming will be from 9am until 5.30, and gamers will take turns playing on their respective channels.

In the spirit of Nelson Mandela Day, July 18, the five players will unite on the virtual battlefield to feed as many animals at the SPCA as possible.

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA accommodates at least 500 animals at any given time. This includes dogs, cats, horses, birds, wild animals and farm animals.

Cape of Good Hope spokesperson Belinda Abraham said it was a large number of animals to keep fed.

“In winter, the animals eat more than what they usually do. We use four tons of dog and cat food per month, and it costs R700 per month to feed just one cat or dog.”

She added: “Having Bravado come on board, helping us raise funds to keep animals full means we can redirect resources towards the prevention of animal cruelty.”

Abraham reflected on how Mandela was an ambassador for the national council of SPCA.

“Mandela was one of the few leaders that publicly acknowledged animals as beings that are worthy of being treated with respect and kindness,” she said.

She added: “He spent many years fighting for his freedom. We also have the responsibility to fight for the freedom and best treatment of our animals.”

Bravado Gaming general manager Tristan Rens said they were uniting hobbyists, enthusiasts and professionals under one banner for the event.

“We are all animal lovers here. In honour of Mandela Day this year, we hope to unite the masses in our common purpose – to provide for the most basic of needs for the most vulnerable of being.”

He said: “We are doing it in a way that promotes staying home and staying safe.”

Rens added Bravado Gaming was thankful to be part of this initiative and to be able to use its platform to help others this Mandela Day.

“To commemorate Nelson Mandela’s Legacy, we have to take any action that helps us see a kinder tomorrow,” he said.

To donate to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, email [email protected]

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