Esther Honey to benefit from trivia

Vet Becci Darby with a blind dog called Victor, just one of thousands of animals to have been helped by the Esther Honey Foundation. 14072354

Vet Becci Darby with a blind dog called Victor, just one of thousands of animals to have been helped by the Esther Honey Foundation. 14072354

Cook Islands News
July 25, 2014

A trivia night is being held at Nu Vaima Bistro to help the Esther Honey Foundation Animal Clinic raise money to buy much-needed medical equipment.

Just a few weeks ago, the clinic was calling for donations towards the cost of a new vehicle.

Practice Manager Amy Compton said an incredibly generous anonymous donor came forward with the money, meaning a vehicle has been procured.

But the non-profit organisation is now having major problems finding oxygen for surgical and emergency usage.

“Without medical grade oxygen available, patients (animals) requiring major surgery have to wait for alternative treatment, and critical respiratory patients are unable to receive the supplemental oxygen they so desperately need,” said Compton.

The clinic has compiled a list of items it needs and of highest priority is an oxygen generator.

“Having our own, small oxygen generator would save money in the long term, and also ensure that patient surgeries are not delayed or made impossible by a lack of oxygen,” Compton said.

Medical oxygen is required for normal veterinary anaesthetics and is also essential in treating respiratory emergencies.

Esther Honey currently relies on buying expensive cylinders of oxygen on the island but this has been impossible for the past few months because of mechanical issues with the oxygen providers.

The clinic also needs infusion pumps, a microscope, otoscope, ophthalmoscope and scales.

“It is at this time that we are again asking for financial assistance so that we at the Esther Honey Foundation can provide medical care for the animals of the Cook Islands,” Compton said.

A fundraiser trivia night is being held on Monday August 11 at the Nu Vaima Bistro, in Panama.

Snacks will be provided and happy-hour drinks are available for purchase.

Tables for teams of six are available for booking at a cost of $120 per table.

Don’t miss out on a fun night of games and great prizes, all for a good cause. Please contact the Esther Honey Foundation Clinic on 22336 for more details. – Ben Chapman-Smith