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Tour helps lend a paw

TEN Lives Cat Centre has put its paw to the pedal to raise funds for the major building project to upgrade the cat management facility at Selfs Point Road.

The Tour de Ten Lives aims to support the organisation’s endeavours by raising funds through a Tour de France like cycling event in parts of Tasmania for their major building project.

“By building a modern, fit-for-purpose facility, the benefits to cats and people are clear – more lives will be saved, the number of homeless and abandoned cats will be reduced and we will change the face of animal welfare in the Tasmanian community,” Ten Lives president David Rees said.

“We are getting stuck into raising funds ourselves, as we always do, and that’s why I am doing this ride.”

The Tour de Ten Lives started on Saturday 29 August and will run for three weeks, with a sprint finish along Charles Street next to the public park in Orford on Sunday 20 September.

“Like the real Tour, the Tour de Ten Lives will have 21 stages – from Long Beach, Sandy Bay and all points in between – Taroona, Collinsvale, Channel, Granton, Kingston, Seven Mile Beach, Mt Wellington, Lenah Valley, Austins Ferry and Orford,” Mr Rees said.

“If the Tour de Ten Lives can save the life of one cat, it will be worth it.

“We are saving more cats and kittens and doing more for them than ever before.”

Ten Lives is the largest dedicated cat management facility in Tasmania, having been a self-sustainable organisation serving Tasmanians for 70 years.

Mr Rees said the premises had become seriously inadequate for the work the organisation did in caring for more than 2000 cats and kittens annually.

“Our original estimate for the work was some $2.2 million,” Mr Rees said.

“However, we are still some way from being able to fund the full project.

“We now have increasing obligations as a cat management facility under the Cat Management Act 2009 and we need some help.

“We have long enjoyed the support of the community, but now we are calling on all levels of government to support our animal charity.

“This project will allow Ten Lives to continue to deliver programs and develop others to help people stay engaged and active in the community.”

Ten Lives ambassador Dave Noonan said the project would provide a number of benefits to the community

“The project has already got planning approval, so it’s shovel-ready, which is huge in the current time when we want to make sure our construction industry and all sorts of other industries and businesses are kept buoyant,” he said.

“Cats are a huge part of our lives, but they’re also part of our community responsibility and we know that we’ve got a feral cat problem, a stray cat problem, a kitten problem, and people who don’t look after their cats – it all comes back to Ten Lives.”

The new facility will also be a world class cat management facility that will enable Ten Lives to expand its statewide community education program promoting responsible cat ownership.

Mr Noonan said he would be talking to individuals and businesses to try and get their support.

“I love animals and love cats,” he said.

“My wife and I have been involved with Ten Lives for a number of years and have supported them in numerous ways, so I was really happy to play any role I possibly could.”

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