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Concert ups the ante in animal welfare
Sandra English with Buddy, who she adopted from the RSPCA branch in Weston.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Australian pop stars Ricki Lee and
Nathaniel will have top billing at the
RSPCA ACT benefit concert at
Canberra s Royal Theatre on Saturday,
The concert is a test to see whether
innovative fundraising events could
put the organisation on a surer
Chief executive Tammy Ven Dange
said the branch had operated at a loss
for eight of the past 10 years .
"Eighty-five per cent of our funding
comes through the Canberra
community, she said.
We have to try something new to
get ourselves out of this financial
pickle and if it doesn t work then we
just won t be around.
"Rather than asking for donations,
we thought while people want to do
something nice on Valentine s Day we
would provide entertainment and
make some money to support the
Ms Ven Dange said adoption fees
did not come close to covering the
costs of rehabilitating and sheltering
each of the thousands of animals in the
RSPCA s care each year.
Sandra English recently adopted a
bright-eyed Australian cattle dog cross
He was one of 4575 domestic
animals sheltered in 2014 and
While animal lovers dance the night
away at the benefit concert, Ms
English said it was rescued animals,
her newest pet, were the event s real
"We know Buddy was seized by the
RSPCA and spent months in the
shelter getting back on his feet, she
said. "After spending time with him in
one of the yards on the Australia Day
long weekend we saw he has such a
beautiful temperament and knew he
was for us, she said.
It s the third time the south
Canberra couple have adopted a pet
from the RSPCA.
Ms English said the joy of being
able to give an animal a second chance
never got old.
Ms Ven Dange said all profits from
the benefit concert would go directly
to animal cruelty prevention. "We
hope the Canberra community will get
behind this," she said. "If we can prove
this works we can get bigger and
bigger acts for next time."
Tickets cost $45.88 to $112.14 from
continue to rise
Despite failing to hit the scorching
highs of 2014, Canberra s mild
summer of 2015 is still well above its
The capital sweltered through
record temperatures last year as 40
degree days baked the capital.
January 2014 delivered three days
above 40 degrees and 10 days above
In a much cooler contrast, the
temperature has only surpassed 35
degrees once this month and has failed
to break the 40 degree mark.
Despite what appears to be an
extremely mild summer, Canberra is
still well above its historic average
Robert Smalley, from the Bureau of
Meteorology, said summer s historic
average mean temperature was 19.9
Summer 2014-15 is sitting at 20.9
degrees at present.
The average mean temperature
takes into account the high
temperatures during the day and the
lows at night.
Weatherzone meteorologist Rob
Sharpe said despite a cool end to
January, average temperatures would
again be on the rise.
Looking ahead into February we
are likely to see warmer than average
temperatures and drier than average
weather, he said.
The reason is a hot air mass over
central Australia is likely to make its
way to eastern Australia at times.
This summer is even warmer than
the averages taken over the hottest
period in recorded history.
There has not been a below-average
global mean temperature since 1985,
and all 10 of the warmest years have
been between 1998 and now.
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