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The stray kitty party

Serena Menon, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, September 26, 2012
First Published: 14:01 IST(26/9/2012) | Last Updated: 16:06 IST(26/9/2012)

Partying can be of help to more than just entrepreneurs and people who want to unwind. On October 4, an evening at a city club will come to the rescue of stray cats. A Facebook group Bombay Expats in association with the Bombay Cat Club, is hosting a fundraiser for the ignored felines. The proceeds from this event called Bombay Expats Night, in a first, will be donated to an NGO called Animals Matter To Me (AMTM), which in turn will invest the funds towards the care of stray cats.

“This is event is one of its kind, and is meant primarily for the feline community. For people in India, it’s all about dogs. They don’t care much for cats. So the funds we gather will be dedicated only to taking care of cats, their treatment and sterilisation,” says Ganesh Nayank, founder of AMTM. The owners of Canvas Lounge, Palladium, Phoenix Mills have offered their second floor for the event. The entry, priced at Rs. 500, will include one domestic alcoholic drink. A fixed amount of R100 from the cover charge will go towards the NGO. “Our short term goal is to raise funds to feed cats and take care of their medical needs. Our long term goal, however, is to build a dedicated cat shelter in the city,” says Naomi Canton, who founded the Bombay Cat Club in 2008 after she rescued several kittens off the streets.

Though Bombay Expats Nights are a regular feature in the city, this is the first time they have tied up with an NGO for a cause. “We’re expecting about a 100 people. If it turns out to be a success, we’ll throw more such parties,” says Jemma Jadwani Antia, who joined the Bombay Expats group when she moved to India from Philippines, seven years ago.

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