2018 saw the rebranding of ECOS as the PET Project. PET, an acronym for Protect and Educate Together, aims to raise funds for animal-related charity drives in and around Port Elizabeth. The society also aims to educate members of the school and greater community on animal welfare concerns and our responsibility to protect those who cannot speak for themselves.
The PET committee, under the guidance of President Elz-Mari du Plessis, kicked off the year with the annual PET Pool Party, which has fast become a highlight on the Pearson calendar. This year’s bigger and better event saw a water slide and disco lights adding to the fun and the evening was enjoyed by all. Save the date on next year’s calendar!
The second term saw the ever-popular Night Under the Stars, PET’s outdoor movie-screening, in Pearson’s beautifully redesigned Matric quad. This was a huge success and PET plans to increase the number of these events due to popular demand.
In the third term, PET celebrated Mandela Month by visiting Rose O’Connell’s satellite animal shelter in Greenbushes, where our volunteers groomed horses and dogs and spent some time giving love to our furry companions.
PET is very proud to have raised enough funds to launch the Pearson High School Spayathon through Animal Anti-Cruelty League. The society managed to sterilise 57 animals from underprivileged areas across the Nelson Mandela Metro. With the breeding rates of cats and dogs, this translates to thousands of lives saved. This is a huge achievement and the 2018 committee can be very proud!
Our ongoing pet food donations in aid of Domestic Animal Care were also reasonably supported and we will endeavour to continue our collections in 2019.
PET Project thanks all Pearsonites and their families for their support in 2018. Thank you for lending your voice to the voiceless. Thank you to Mrs Smith, Mr Brazier and Ms Carvalho for their ongoing support, energy and motivation! Without them, PET would be unable to do the stellar work it does.
The new PET committee, under the leadership of President Chané van der Mescht, looks forward to doing even greater good in 2019.