Novelist and TV personality Amanda Brunker was on hand at Il Posto restaurant on Stephen’s Green yesterday, Tuesday, 10th March, to launch the first ever PAWS for a Cuppa campaign, a week of tea parties being held in aid of PAWS Animal Rescue from April 13th to 19th 2015.
PAWS founder Gina Hetherington encouraged people to register online to host a tea party; “At the moment we have over 100 dogs in our care and as you can imagine that’s a lot of hungry mouths to feed!
Hosting a PAWS for a Cuppa tea party gives you the opportunity to spend some quality time together with family and friends, but the money you raise will help us in our never-ending struggle to find forever homes for wonderful dogs. We are delighted to say that there are tea parties planned in Sweden and Italy in aid of our organisation and we are urging people here to PAWS for a Cuppa and help us raise necessary funds next month. We plan to make this an annual event and hope that in a few years’ time we will have one thousand PAWS for a Cuppa parties around Ireland.”
Speaking at the launch, Amanda Brunker appealed to dog-lovers nationwide to get behind the campaign; “Gina and the rest of the wonderful people at PAWS work so hard rescuing and rehoming dogs every single day of the year! Taking just an hour or two out of your busy schedule to host a tea party might not seem like a big thing to you, but believe me when I say that every cent raised at a PAWS for a Cuppa tea party will go towards helping this fantastic animal charity continue its good work,” she continued.
PAWS is one of Ireland’s longest running animal charities, established in 1997 in Sallins, Co. Kildare and now based in Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary. PAWS is dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals, primarily dogs from high-kill pounds and owners who can no longer care for them.
You can register online for your free PAWS for a Cuppa organisers pack HERE. In the pack you’ll find a tea towel, posters, a collection box and some tasty recipes from Irish celebrity chefs such as Kevin Dundon, Clodagh McKenna, Donal Skehan and Richie Wilson.