Coastweek-- Pauline McKenzie, of Diani, has for
the last 17 years put on an amazing Goat Derby at the South
Coast raising a considerable amount of money which is divided
between several charities.
She decided to do the same on the
North Coast in aid of the KSPCA, who are much in need of
funds, and to give the North Coast residents a chance to
have a fun day out without having to contend with the
Everything had to be brought up from
Diani, the 25 racing goats came in a Canter, the
racetrack, goat boma and much else by lorry.
Saturday, the 25th was
spent erecting the track, hiring and putting up the
tents in readiness for the races.
Many of the motor companies had their
newest cars on display, several caterers were there
serving the most delicious food, and we had a wine tent
selling bubbly too.
Event sponsors CBA, Stanbic, Toyota
D.T. Dobie, Nissan, Lota Motors, SKF and Base Titanium,
were very supportive, the wine, beer and food stalls
Cold beers, sodas and water were
available. At mid-day the first race started.
Despite the fact that thousands of
E-mails were sent out not just from the KSPCA but many
other organizations forwarded it on to their addresses.
Posters were put up everywhere and it
was also in Coast Week.
We only got 47 visitors - no, that is
not a typing error.
Diani always have more than 1,000
people coming through the gate.
Also, Pauline’s many dedicated helpers
came in mini buses.
We actually had more South Coast
people there than from the North Coast.
We have actually made a loss on this
On the Monday when we got to work we
found a dog that had been left at our gate - it appeared
to have been hit by a vehicle.
Later a dog came in from Vipingo, so
emaciated that it could hardly stand.
Late afternoon we were called out to a
dog on the road to Braeburn.
This dog had rabies and as I type our
vehicle is on its way to Mariakani with the head, to the
Government Veterinary Laboratories there.
A while ago we managed to rescue a dog
that had fallen down a 50 foot dry well and miraculously
survived, dogs and cats have been brought in that have
had boiling water, or even worse, oil, thrown at them -
a sight you would not want to see.
We visit slaughter houses to make sure
they are using the stun guns that we provide and that
they have enough ammunition.
We are called out to camels that have
been hit on the Causeway by trucks.
We bring in animals that have been hit
by vehicles and left on the side of the road.
People who have lost their jobs and
are leaving the Coast surrender their pets to us.
These are just a few of the things
that we deal with.
The KSPCA is a charity and we get out
funds from donations and fund raising events.
We do not get funds from anywhere
We are the only animal shelter in the
We desperately need the financial help
and support from the general public and without this the
KSPCA cannot keep going and we will be forced to close
Please help the KSPCA continue their