The SPCA’s Star-Studded Tats4Tails Tattoo-a-thon Returns

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The SPCA’s Star-Studded Tats4Tails Tattoo-a-thon Returns for the 5th Consecutive year Aiming To Raise R100 000.00 For Animals.

The Cape of Good Hope Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is excited to announce the return of Tats4Tails, our annual tattoo-a-thon hosted by acclaimed tattoo artist Clinton Naidoo of Primal Culture Tattoo Studio. Clinton lends his artistic prowess to animal lovers, ink enthusiasts and the SPCA every year to make a lasting mark that goes more than just skin deep. This ink-credible fundraising event, taking place from January 22nd to 28th, 2024, aims to raise R100 000.00 for the animals awaiting forever homes at the SPCA.

Over the past 4 years, the initiative has been supported by several influential local personalities dedicated to driving positive change for animals. From KFM Presenter Brandon Leigh and the musical duo PJ Twins to singer/songwriter Craig Lucas and Idols winner Berry Trytsman, the list of personalities who have been inked for the cause by Clinton Naidoo is impressive. Additional noteworthy figures such as Suid Ooster actors Cedwyn Joel and Jill Levenberg, TV/radio presenter Zoe Brown, former pro-footballer and model Ryan Botha, comedian Simon Orgill, lifestyle and entertainment journalist Venecia Valentine, and TV presenter/producer Tanya Nefdt all proudly bear the mark of Clinton Naidoo’s artistry in support of the SPCA’s cause.

Renowned for his artistic flair and commitment to meaningful ink, Clinton Naidoo brings his expertise to Tats4Tails for the fifth consecutive year committing to 125 tattoos in just 7 days so that the SPCA can reach their fundraising goals.

“It’s a tattoo-a-thon with heart” says Naidoo “I’m from the Grassy Park community and I see the work being done by the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. I love animals, and this is my way of giving back and helping an organisation that helps so many people and animals every day”.

This year, the list of supporters grows even more illustrious, with the addition of Grant Hinds, renowned video games and tech contributor on South African TV shows Top Billing, Expresso, Tech Report, and Hectic Nine 9. Joining him is his wife, Tech & Gaming Content Creator Jessica Hinds, as they opt for a couple’s tattoo with double the meaning in tribute to their love for each other and their love for animals. “I’ve always worn my heart on my sleeve when it comes to caring about animals” says Grant Hinds, ” But this initiative allows me to do this almost literally.  Animals hold a special place in my heart, and I thought why not wear that love proudly while making a difference” he adds. Returning for another round, KFM’s Brandon Leigh and journalist Venecia Valentine reaffirm their commitment to the cause by getting inked again.  Brandon says “I’ve  chosen to let my lines for life be a lifeline for animals and I’ve been tattooed twice by the amazing tattoo artists at Primal Culture.  These tattoos aren’t just ink on my skin, they’re heartfelt commitments to making a difference. Every needle, every line, is a symbol of hope and compassion. For me, that’s the most meaningful mark I can make”.

Back (L-R) Primal Culture Tattoo Studio Owner Clinton Naidoo, Jessica Hinds, Front (L-R) Brandon Leigh, Jenny Morris, Grant Hinds

Grant & Jessica Hinds show off their couple’s tattoo that represents not only their love for each other but their shared love for animals too.

KFM’s Brandon Leigh gets inked by Clinton Naidoo owner of Primal Culture Tattoo Studio.
7cm x 7cm tattoos of your own or a set design are only R800 each and bookings can be made with the studio directly via WhatsApp on 0217071299.

But hurry spots are filling up quickly! “Each tattoo commitment is an animal-too commitment” says the Spokesperson for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA Belinda Abraham “and thanks to the sponsorship of Lionel’s Choice Holistic Pet Nutrition every cent raised will go directly towards the care of animals awaiting their forever homes”. Dirk van der Merwe, Brand and Marketing manager says “At Lionel’s Choice, we understand the incredible impact that proper nutrition has on the well-being of our furry friends. Partnering with the SPCA for the Tats4Tails event allows us to extend our commitment to animal welfare beyond the bowl.”

If temporary tattoos are more your style, or if you’re rather partial to your blank canvas you can still help animals by contributing to the “Ink Jenny” challenge.

A fun initiative that will see Jenny Morris step up to a different kind of plate than she’s used to! In a flavourful move to enhance fundraising efforts, SA’s most loved & trusted Celebrity Chef, Cookbook Author, Food Network TV host, MC & Voiceover artist Jenny Morris, committed to becoming a canvas for the cause as soon as the event reached the halfway (R50k) fundraising mark – all in the name of finding forever homes for furry friends. “The SPCA is more than an organisation to me. It’s where I found my forever friend. I’ve personally experienced the joy of adopting from the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, and that’s why this cause is so close to my heart. Tats4Tails aims to raise R100k to help care for animals until they find their forever homes and I agreed to spice things up a bit by committing to be a canvas for the cause. Now that the event has raised R54k it’s time for me to start shopping for the kind ink that does not pair well with pasta” says Jenny Morris with a nervous laugh. “We may have reached the R50k mark that’ll see me getting inked but now I’d like to see the organisation raise the total of R100k that they’ve hoped for” says Jenny. “With my birthday coming up on the 21st of January, I hope I can call on animal loving Capetonians to continue to donate to the Ink Jenny challenge or to make a booking and get a tattoo of their own. If I can do it, anyone can”. Donations can be made online here: Tats for Tails Tattoo Fundraiser • Cape of Good Hope SPCA (capespca.co.za)

About the SPCA: Established in 1872, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is the founding society of the SPCA movement in South Africa and the oldest animal welfare organisation in the country. A registered non-profit organisation (NPO 003-244) and Public Benefit Organisation (PBO 930004317), the society relies on the support of concerned individuals and corporates to continue operating. For over 151 years we have diligently carried out our mission to prevent cruelty to animals via education, law enforcement, veterinary care services (operating an animal hospital, and four mobile clinics serving impoverished communities), an Animal Care Centre, Horse Care Unit Farmyard, and Wildlife department.

Media representatives are invited to join us for exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Tats4Tails, interview opportunities with participants, and a front-row seat to see Jenny brave the needle on the 22nd of January 2024. To RSVP and for editorial inquiries, please contact Belinda Abraham at comms@spca-ct.co.za or 0217004154|0833261620.

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