As part of its annual Mandela Day corporate social investment initiative, Syrex has completed its outreach with the Friends of Rescued Animals (FORA) shelter. Syrex staff members donated dog food, blankets, toys, and cleaning materials.

FORA is a shelter for unwanted dogs and cats, situated in Krugersdorp (Mogale City) and currently houses almost 350 dogs and 150 cats. It adheres to a pro quality of life policy and operates on the principles of rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome.

“We usually arrange a drop off at the shelter and then spend some time interacting with the animals and helping to walk them. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic meant we could not do so this year. However, this did not stop our employees opening their hearts and wallets and support this amazing shelter with much-needed donations,” says Stephanie Fowle, team leader for administration at Syrex.

Fowle dropped off the goods on 17 July and spent some time playing with the dogs and puppies. She dropped off another consignment of goods on 30 July.

“The two ladies running the centre know every animal’s name. I could see that they have an incredibly deep, caring relationship with all the animals at the shelter. It is incredibly heart-warming to see that these people are investing all their time and energy into such a deserving cause which, I am sure, do not have always have happy endings,” adds Fowle.

Like Nelson Mandela said: “There can be no greater gift than of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.”