Tree of Life for Animals (TOLFA) – a charity that runs an animal hospital and rescue centre in Rajasthan, India – is hosting its second Holi Cabaret Fundraising Evening.
Holi is an ancient Hindu spring festival also known as the Festival of Colours.
Founded by British veterinary nurse Rachel Wright in 2005, the TOLFA hospital has treated more than 70,000 animals since it opened its doors, with its team of veterinary staff and nurturing volunteers now rescuing, treating, neutering and vaccinating more than 300 animals daily. It is, however, in desperate need of funds to continue its work.
The Holi cabaret evening – set to take place on Sunday, March 22 in Covent Garden, London – will include entertainment from West End artistes including Leo Andrew (Phantom of the Opera), Julia Sutton (Sister Act) and Clive Greenwood (Only Fools and Horses touring show). It will be compered by Helen Watson from the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds.
A bar and Indian snacks will also be on offer, as will stalls selling Indian jewellery and gifts. Guests will learn more about TOLFA’s work from managing trustee Sue Bretherton, a former head teacher who is now directing the charity’s education project.
Clara Nowak, UK manager for TOLFA, said: “Our vision is to bring healing, compassion and hope to India’s sick and injured animals and empowerment to the communities of which they are a part.
“Our animal hospital and shelter in Rajasthan helps thousands of animals every year, but we couldn’t do it without our wonderful supporters and team in the UK.
“Our achievements so far in the fields of animal health, rescue and education speak for themselves, but there’s still so much more to do.
“With continued support, we can make our projects a success and create healthier and happier futures for animals, and people, in need.”
The Club for Acts and Actors is at 20 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9HP. Doors open at 6.45pm and the show starts at 7.15pm.
Tickets are £20 each and £15 for concessions, and are available from https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/donate/makeDonationForCharityDisplay.action?charityId=1005074&frequencyType=S. Please type TOLFA Holi in the message box.
Ms Nowak added: “We’d be delighted to hear from any veterinary practices that might be interested in raising awareness of our work or fundraising for us. “Spreading the word and fundraising are so important and will help the TOLFA team continue its vital work.”