ORGANISERS OF this concert are calling it ‘a song for the dog on the street or stray cat, injured bird, or any abandoned helpless creature’. Featuring the Stop-Gaps Cultural Academy, a concert, ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, will be held later this month as a fundraiser for non-profit Welfare of Stray Dogs. WSD, based in Lower Parel, has been engaged in multiple aspects of animal welfare for several years. Their activities are centered around sterilization of stray animals, on-site first aid, and fostering and adoption.
“We need to raise at least 8 lakhs a month so that we are able to keep up efforts for all animals that need care,” said Abodh Aras, founder of WSD. The Stop-Gaps Cultural Academy, founded by Alfred D’Souza, a passionate animal welfare activist, has collaborated with WSD for such a concert previously too. “About 4 years ago, we organized a concert like this, and it was well received. We thought we should do something like that again,” he said.
The concert has a line-up of artistes, including the Stop-Gaps Choral Ensemble and the Stop-Gaps Junior Choral Ensemble. The show is to be compered by Cyrus Broacha, ‘a brand ambassador of WSD’. “The audience can look forward to an evening which creates awareness of the condition of our strays,” said D’Souza. Tickets are available at the venue, the WSD office in Kalaghoda, and online as well.
The price ranges from Rs 300 to 500. “The Navy has given us space for a new center in Navy Nagar. The funds raised through the concert will be used for that center,” said Aras. The concert will be held on October 14 at 7.30 pm at the St Andrews Auditorium.