Local Pick n Pay stores come to the aid of abandoned flamingo chicks
Issued by Corporate Image - Feb 4th, 09:42
Local Pick n Pay stores have answered the call to aid in the rescue operations to save the thousands of flamingo chicks from the Kamfers Dam just outside Kimberley.
Surrounding community members raised the alarm earlier this week after the drought caused many flamingos to leave the dam and abandon their vulnerable chicks.
To date, thousands of chicks have been rescued and need immediate care for dehydration and starvation.
In Pretoria, over 100 flamingo chicks have arrived at the Pretoria Zoo. George Miltiadou and Kevin Smith from Pick n Pay Brightwater Commons store in Randburg immediately took action and supported community-based organisation Friends Of Free Wildlife in their effort to save the threatened community of flamingos.
The local Pick n Pay family store donated approximately 40kg of deveined prawns and sardines this week and another 40kg will be delivered next week. Pick n Pay also donated supplies to the value of more than R10 000 to aid the rescue organisation during this time. This included a fridge freezer, gazebos, washing machine, blenders and kitchen scales.
In Cape Town, Pick n Pay reached out to local suppliers to assist SANCCOB with the 550 flamingo chicks that arrived at their facility, and have assisted with basic needs.
Collection trolleys will be set up at the Pick n Pay store in Tableview and Parklands for any customers who want to donate supplies to SANCCOB.
“This was a devasting story that really touched our teams and we are thrilled to be able to help this initiative. We always empower our stores to participate and care for their surrounding community and environment and this is a shining example of how we can mobilise our stores and people to help in a crisis. Thank you to all the organisations and citizens involved for making a difference to save this species and for protecting our wildlife,” says Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, director of transformation at Pick n Pay.
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