Join the ultimate slumber party and find out why shelter pets cuddle better at the TEARS 2023 Sleepathon – bookings are now open. The TEARS Animal Rescue events take place on three consecutive Saturdays on 11, 18, and 25 November 2023.
Sleepathon tickets are R250 per person, and every registered “Snoozer” will be provided with a Welcome Pack that enables them to kick-start their own Back-A-Snoozer funding campaign with some great incentives for those that raise R3000 or more for completing their Sleepathon challenge.
The annual TEARS Sleepathon is currently in its 10th year and is hosted at the TEARS Kennels and Cattery in Sunnydale. Representing the organisation’s flagship fundraiser, it’s become a highlight on TEARS’ event calendar as it invites animal lovers of all ages to dedicate one night to cuddling a rescue pet while raising much-needed awareness and funds for the charity.
Annual income from the TEARS Sleepathon is critical to funding the organisation’s mobile clinic and veterinary outreach services supporting vulnerable pets and pet owners living in under-served communities over the busy December and January holidays.
TEARS Kennel Manager, Luke Kruyt says, “While the TEARS Sleepathon has become an iconic brand building and fundraising lifeline for the organisation it’s also a life-changing experience for our rescue pets as some have been fortunate enough to be adopted as a direct result of the Sleepathon.”
Last year the Sleepathon was supported by 206 “Sleepathoners,” whose combined efforts raised over R380 000 for TEARS. Tickets can be bought via the TEARS Online Shop, with 100 tickets available per event evening. Individuals, friends, and corporate teams are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to create momentum and increase the overall pledges pool from last year.
Says Luke, “We’re grateful for the loyalty of our regular supporters, but would like to challenge Capetonians who haven’t ever considered a sleepover in support of rescue pets to sign up for this unique experience that is especially fun for families. The event provides a friendly, loving, and heartwarming environment, with pawsome partners, prizes, delicious food, and entertainment.”
“Snoozers” will be required to check-in at the Shelter at 5pm for an evening of face-licking hospitality and a delicious plant-based dinner. Everyone is encouraged to bring sleeping bags and camping gear, as well as snacks and treats to make their sleepover as memorable as possible. The Sleepathon is only officially over at 7am the next morning.
Local businesses and lifestyle brands wanting to engage with an audience of animal lovers while supporting a good cause can take up exclusive sponsor/partner packages that provide a variety of association rights and exposure benefits.
TEARS‘ mission is to rescue, treat, rehabilitate and rehome vulnerable companion animals in need. As a pro-life, public beneficiary organisation with a Veterinary Hospital, two Mobile Clinics, and a Cattery and Kennel that house up to 230 rescued companion animals, TEARS relies on the support of caring individuals and corporates to provide free sterilisation, vaccination, and primary healthcare to at-risk and homeless pets in the Southern Peninsula.
The TEARS 2023 Sleepathon takes place at the TEARS Animal Rescue Kennels at 4 Lekkerwater Road, Sunnydale, and the TEARS Cattery at Wenga Farm, 21 Kommetjie Road, Sunnydale in Cape Town.