From Edition 4 of The Gram Magazine

McGregor is a unique, alternative, eccentric and therapeutic village away from the crowds which is home to a vibrant community of artists with top-class galleries and some great little restaurants. Despite being little more than a village, there are wine farms to explore such as Bemind Cellar, McGregor Tanagra and Lords Wineries, nature adventures to be had in Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve with hiking and cycling trail trails, and plenty of opportunities for being creative (eg pottery workshops) and enjoying the arts.

ESELTJIESRUS SE GROOTSTE BOEKEFEES HELP DONKIES IN NOOD. 

GIANT WINTER BOOK FAIR HELPS DONKEYS IN NEED

 

If you love good books (thousands of them!) and great bargains, this one is for you!

The Winter Book Fair is held every year in aid of the Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary near McGregor, a charity that provides a permanent home for rescued, elderly and destitute donkeys.

This is one of the biggest book sales in the Western Cape. More than fourteen thousand new and fresh pre-owned books go on sale at rock-bottom prices.

Enjoy the hunt for treasures – prices are rock-bottom –

and, best of all, you will come to the aid of these long-suffering beasts of burden!

The Book Fair takes place annually in the new municipal complex which is situated in Voortrekker Street on the left as you enter McGregor. New stocks are added every day.

 

For more information contact the Sanctuary at info@donkeysanctuary.co.za or at 023 6251 593.

ESELTJIESRUS BOEKEFEES, McGREGOR   

Winskoopjagters en boekwurms kan weer na hartelus kom snuffel by die 12de jaarlikse Boekefees in McGregor.  Of jy nou na kookboeke, reisverhale, kinderboeke, digbundels of ’n rare en kosbare kleinood soek, jy behoort dit tussen die duisende nuwe en kraakvars tweedehandse boeke te vind.  Nuwe voorraad word elke dag uitgepak. Nie net word meer as 15 000 boeke van ‘n groot verskeidenheid onderwerpe teen winskooppryse aangebied nie, maar elke boek wat verkoop word help met die versorging en rehabilitasie van donkies wat uit haglike toestande gered word en by Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary gehuisves word.

Eseltjiesrus is ’n permanente tuiste vir bejaarde, verwaarloosde en mishandelde donkies net buite McGregor.  Hier word hulle die geleentheid gegee om die res van hul lewens tussen hul eie soort deur te bring waar hulle met respek en waardigheid hanteer word.  Elke donkie word elke dag individueel versorg en gevoed na gelang van hulle ouderdom en behoeftes.

Eseltjiesrus het ook ’n bron van inligting geword en hanteer daagliks navrae van oor die hele land oor goeie versorging.  Die meeste probleme ontstaan as gevolg van onkunde of die wangeloof dat donkies nie gereelde hantering en versorging nodig het nie.  Hierdie hulp maak ’n beduidende verskil om die status van donkies in die algemene publiek se oë te verbeter.  Elke individuele donkie wat gehelp word, is een minder wat pyn, ongemak of angs hoef te verduur.

Die sukses van hierdie jaar se Boekefees in McGregor gaan dus weer ‘n onontbeerlike rol speel in die komende jaar se werksaamhede by Eseltjiesrus. Die gemeenskap baat ook op verskeie maniere.  Werk word geskep, boeke word geskenk aan skole en biblioteke in die groter Langebergarea en dié jaar is daar ook ‘n Storievertel- en Leesteater vir kinders.   Vrywilligers gaan daagliks vir kinders stories vertel en by die Boekefees.  Die boeke word dan aan die Breede Vaardigheidsentrum geskenk, sodat die kinders in die weke daarna verder kan gaan luister.  Hierdie projek wil ’n kultuur van lees by kinders kweek, want niemand behoort vreugde van boeklees misgun te word nie.

Daar is stapels Afrikaanse boeke, rare boeke en spesiale geskenke vir ’n ieder en elk.

Vir meer inligting skakel 023 625 1593, stuur ‘n epos aan bookfair@donkeysanctuary.co.za of besoek die amptelike webtuiste  www.donkeysanctuary.co.za

Vir akkommodasie opsies kontak McGregor Toerisme Kantoor: 023 625 1954

Liny Kruger

LK Mediabook

023 625 1070 / 082 464 1926

PostBox 159, McGregor, 6708.

Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary

In its eleventh year of providing sanctuary and protection for donkeys, Eseltjiesrus promotes the welfare and status of donkeys through a culture of caring, providing a permanent refuge for abused, neglected and elderly donkeys. Here they are given the opportunity to live out their lives with respect and dignity, surrounded by their own kind, in a protective and natural environment.
Each donkey brings his or her own story with them to the sanctuary: the staff and volunteers at the sanctuary are dedicated to returning them physically and emotionally to a state of comfort and dignity.
There are currently twenty donkeys living at the sanctuary – here are a few of their stories:
AMY was overfed by her previous rescuers, in an attempt to compensate for her dreadful past. She has huge pads of fat on her body. Such a friendly girl.

HANSEL and GRETEL were found severely neglected in a forest on a wine estate, desperate for attention. They are about four years old now and are happy and playful, as young donkeys should be.

LULU was found near Barrydale, badly neglected. She had barbed wire caught up around one hind leg, almost severing the tendons. About seven years old, she is the largest donkey with the biggest ears.
From being evasive and cautious, she has developed into a friendly and loving donkey.

ZIGGY was rescued from a “petting zoo” covered in filth but she has bounced back after rehabilitation and is now very friendly and inquisitive.

DONKEY is a large, handsome teenager with a beautiful broad cross on his back- very confident and loves being photographed!

MINDY – a young light brown donkey with a beautiful dark cross on her back – was signed over to the sanctuary after her owners realised they did not have the time or skills.

‘Adopting a donkey’ is one way that funds are raised to create a loving, healthy environment for these beautiful creatures. You choose the amount you wish to give to your donkey. You will receive:

• details of the donkey you decide to adopt
• photo
• adoption certificate
• twice-yearly report
• quarterly newsletter

You will be most welcome to go to visit your special donkey.

The Sanctuary is open Thursdays to Sundays 10h00 to 16h00. There is a little restaurant overlooking the dam and the paddocks, a gift and bookshop – and they even have their very own Eseltjiesrus Wine!

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