The Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary celebrates its 40th anniversary and the launch of a new awareness campaign by holding a special party for guests, including local councillors and dignitaries, on Friday 27th February 2009 (2 pm).
Founded by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, MBE in 1969, the charity has become the largest of its kind in the world that looks after the care and welfare of donkeys and mules. She says:
"I never meant to care for more than a few donkeys and, in fact, when I bought my first donkey, Naughty Face, I had little idea of where my acquisition would lead me."
The 40th anniversary party will include short presentations about the Sanctuary's work provided by Dr Svendsen, David Cook (Chief Executive Officer) and Stephen Blakeway (Director of International Operations), followed by a celebratory treat for the donkeys and the unveiling of an anniversary plaque.
The hoisting of a new flag will also launch the charity's new Sanctuary from Suffering campaign, aimed at improving people's awareness of its international work, which includes regular mobile veterinary clinics in Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Kenya andMexico.
Dr Svendsen continues: "Our teams work extremely hard to give the overseas donkeys a chance to rest and receive expert veterinary care. They also work closely with the owners to help them understand more about their donkeys' needs. These projects provide Sanctuary from Suffering to working donkeys, and are funded entirely by donations."
For more information about The Donkey Sanctuary and its Sanctuary from Suffering campaign, please telephone 01395 578222.