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The Vet Books team would like to say a massive thank to both the British Veterinary Association and the Wildlife Group of the South African Veterinary Association. Both groups donated a massive amount of books for us to take into Africa. The books from the British Veterinary Association were donated through their Book Aid Scheme, while the Wildlife Group donated their books directly after their Wildlife Convention which took place this last weekend. We would like to make special mention that both of these donations were instigated by the respective groups without our input or knowledge, which makes the donation that much more generous. A special thanks should also go out to Dr Jane Alexander, a small animal veterinarian from Winslow/Buckingham area, who very kindly brought the books donated by the BVA to South Africa.

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Want to see who we are and what we look like? Well, we’ve put together a little something for you to check out. Click here to see who exactly it is you’ll supporting in this trip through Africa. alternatively, copy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG7uPBOEM5c into your web address bar and hit enter.

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After a very quiet year we’re finally back online!

Although there have been a few technological mishaps leading to this lengthily silence, all is well now and you can expect to receive some very interesting updates in the coming months.

First off, the new committee has of course been selected. These fantastic members can be viewed under the “About” tab, along with a bit of information about each of them. The previous committee obviously believed in a “Strength in Diversity” approach, as the new comm. has kept a balanced gender ratio while drawing members from as far away as Zimbabwe and Namibia. In keeping with the 2010 committee, we’ve even managed to nab another Portuguese student is the lovely shape of Jessica Jane Borrageiro, but please go and check out the new committee for yourself; they are some interesting characters involved and we shall we be updating you with some quirky facts about each of them.

Although the vet books site may have been under the horizon, the team has been hard at work since its first meeting, and we have some very exciting news to present:

Drum roll please… We have partnered with IVSA and Henry Schein to make this the most successful trip yet. Not only are these fantastic companies providing us with much need supplies to deliver to various charities throughout Africa, but they are also providing us with invaluable advertising to spread our fundraising footprint. Needless to say, we are very excited to be working with these organizations and we feel the coming trip will be something special indeed.

That’s it for now folks, but please stay tuned; we’ll soon have some more exciting news to deliver that you wouldn’t want to miss.

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Last night we got to experience one of the amazing, notorious sunsets Africa has to offer! We are currently camping along the Luangwa River in Zambia- and when we say along, we mean 50m from it. So when the elephants decide to come for a quick meal along the river bank within 5m of you, or the hyenas decide to play around just out of the light and out of sight, you’re reminded that this is a land we are definitely the visitors in. This amazing experience would not be possible if it weren’t for the great generosity of Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa, Zambia who has allowed us the opportunity to stay here free of charge! We are definitely going to forever appreciate the opportunity. Thank you for your support! We have also made our delivery to Anna and Steve at Chipembele Wildlife Trust and are really in awe of the amazing work they do here and how they strive to promote conservation of wildlife! Tomorrow we will offer some extra hands at Chipembele with some cleaning and repairs, a small but we hope meaningful contribution :) Really looking forward to the rest of the trip…it will only get better from here!
We’d also like to say a quick good luck/well done to our 94.7 riders who raced today! We hope it was a good one and want to once again say thank for your support!
Stay tuned for more updates :)

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So our trusty Isuzu ‘steeds”, dubbed Patience and Suzie have officially gotten us safely to Zimbabwe for our first book handover tomorrow morning at 09:15. Surprisingly no issues at the boarder or the 18 road blocks we have so far driven through, we have arrived at the University and the day so far has been an awesome one, having been shown around the veterinary faculty, hospital and the  town by our very friendly hosts! We would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to the Anderson family for their hospitality last night- the delicious braai and amazing travel snacks! :) Tomorrow after the handover we head straight for Zambia for our next stop.
Stay tuned for more updates ;)

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Just less than 24hours left before we leave for our much-anticipated trip! Follow our progress on our Facebook page to see where we are and how the project is going :)

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Our March Raffle Month has come to a close. Thank you to all those who bought tickets to support us, your help is very much appreciated!

Congratulations to our following raffle winners:

The Sun city zipline – Donald Kale
Reptile Handling Course – Loyd Modimogale-
Walk with Lions – Samuel Mashishi
Eukanuba Dog Hamper – Ricky Wilken
Eukanuba Cat Hamper – James Anderson
Soweto Towers Bungee – Michael Sutton
SCAD Freefall – Tiaan Visser

Keep your eyes peeled on our website and Facebook page for our next Vet Books fundraiser :)

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So we’ve been a bit quiet so far this year, sorry fans! But we assure you its only because we have some great things in the making for this year and are eager to get to planning and hosting the numerous fundraisers we have in store. Keep your eyes fixed on our Facebook page and website for regular updates and the on-goings of our team this year and for the numerous ways that you can show your support for our cause!

Coming up will be our March Raffle Month :) And with the prizes we have in store you will all be queuing to get your tickets for sure! Just a little snippet of what we have to offer…like the rush of throwing yourself off 100m high structures? Yes?!…Well Orlando Towers has amazingly sponsored a free 100m Bungee and SCAD Freefall off the Soweto Towers worth R780.00 to the lucky winner of this particular raffle draw!! And there will be several more raffle prizes up for grabs so stay tuned :) 

Thanks so much to Orlando Towers for their support towards the Vet Books for Africa 2014 journey! Check out their website www.orlandotowers.co.za and come raffle time, get your ticket for this once in a life time adrenaline rush! ;D

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A great day spent at yet another PETS Spayathon. A big thank you to David, Alison, Kobus, Wandile and Kyle for their time and help on the day- which saw about 350 dogs vaccinated and dewormed and 50 dogs sterilized. Once again PETS, a great success :)

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Exciting news, we have our official 20 man team for the Momentum 94.7 cycle challenge so we will most definitely be getting the word of our cause out there on the day :) We are still looking for more riders so if any of you are …competing or know some friends/family that are please ride for our cause :)
We must send out a huge thank you to Isuzu South AfricaHill’s Pet Nutrition South Africa and Umthunzi Boutique Hotel for their sponsorship of the Vet Books for Africa cycling jersey’s that our riders will be racing in :)
Umthunzi has also generously agreed to donate R2 to Vet Books for every like they get on their facebook page so please all go visit and like their page and help us raise some funds :) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Umthunzi-Boutique-Hotel/105823622782016?fref=ts
Exciting days ahead :)
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