SHOPPING, EATING, DONATING
As well as the usual ways of donating money (JustGiving, Paypal, collection boxes etc- all detailed here), we also have some novel ways of giving to the charity.
We have teamed up with our favourite Newcastle dog-friendly, artisan restaurant to bring you a WECare dish that allows us to receive £1 from every full tummy. Please check out their website for more details www.thesausageemporium.com
We also have plenty of WECare products for sale, many of which are handcrafted in Sri Lanka by the local communities, on fair wages. Please send us an email if you would like to purchase a bracelet, bag or calendar.
You can send us a present at anytime of the year from our Amazon wishlist, which details all of the bits and bobs that we are desperate for out here. Whether it be a dog toy or some bandaging material, it will provide hours of fun (latter for the vets!).
Doing your own online shopping (for things that are more fun than bandages and surgical scrub!) can even raise money to help the street dogs. There are over 3,000 retailers on board, including Tesco, Next, Sainsburys, Amazon, M & S and John Lewis so please think of us when you are treating yourself! Please see this link for more details on how to sign up to help us while you shop or watch the video to the left. It really is so easy and will help us a lot.
Some fantastic fundraisers in aid of WECare Worldwide have been held, including supporters running half and full marathons, providing pottery workshops, holding sold-out music gigs and enjoying fancy dress days at work. We are extremely lucky to have such unwavering support and we are looking to build on the number of events held in the future- we are thinking dog shows, mini music festivals, onesie at work days, car boot sales etc.
We are always looking for help in this department as, being vets, we are most definitely not creative (as you can probably tell from the suggestions above)!! We would really appreciate help with both ideas and implementation so if you feel that you could help us on that front, then do please get in touch.
We need as much of a following as possible to get our message out there and raise awareness for what the street dogs of Sri Lanka have to go through.
Social media plays a huge part in this, so please like/follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We also like good old word of mouth, so, if you are happy with the service we provide, both at Westway Veterinary Group and within the charity, then please let your friends and family know and drag them along to our events!!
VOLUNTEERING YOUR SKILLS
A huge amount of work goes into running a charity and we are desperate for help with the many things that are outside of our comfort zone! In order to grow as a charity and to be able to pay staff to take up these specialist roles, we need to raise a large amount of money. To do this, we need the skills of those specialist people in the first instance… I think you can see where we are going with this!
We would love to have volunteers both in the UK and on the ground in Sri Lanka who can help us with a variety of tasks, ranging from filming, photography and editing through to assisting with grant applications and helping us to wade through the mountains of paperwork involved in running a charity. We also need help with event planning and securing sponsorship.
A key part of growing our charity and continuing the work that we do is spreading the WECare name across the globe! In order to do this we would love to expand the marketing support that we have. We’re in need of content creators of any kind, digital marketing specialists for SEO and Adwords assistance and event planners to help with our key annual events! We’re really flexibile with the help we receive from our non- Sri Lankan based volunteers so don’t expect rigid time expectations, Think you can help? Get in touch if you think you’ll be able to help!