It has come to Judy's attention that there are rumours circulating which assert that the financial status of the donkey sanctuary is very good. I am sure you are all aware just how damaging that kind of rumour can be to her fundraising efforts which are so vital for the setting up of the new sanctuary.
Judy is therefore posting the following message on Facebook and has asked if I could post it up on here to enable her to publically set the record straight.
Her message follows below.
Can I please ‘clear the air’
For the 6 years I have been living in Corfu, I have been repeatedly told, by Greeks and foreigners alike, that the government give grants for each donkey on the Island. 6 years ago it was 500 euros a year, now word is spreading that it is 1500 a year and yesterday we heard from a taxi driver it is 3000 a year. A lot of people assume that we claim this money and this is why we rescue donkeys. I would like to make a few points clear.
1 My lawyer looked into this and informs me there is simply no such financial programme for donkey owners. There is also no financial help from the EU for projects like ours.
2 I have never found one donkey owner who has claimed this money, nor do I know anyone who can prove that another gets this money
3 If this money truly was available then why are so many donkeys thrown out/given up when they can keep the donkey in the usual manner (in the bushes, free food) and claim their yearly bonus.”
4 Why has not one person in Corfu purchased many donkeys and taken the government up on the offer. It really is an easy way to make money if you “care” for the donkeys, the old Greek way.
5 If anyone does know exactly how and where we can claim this money, please let me know – our financial problems will be over and we can have the new shelter built in no time.
Corfu Donkey Rescue gets NO Government financial help. Our funding comes purely from visitors to the shelter and donations over the internet with the occasional larger donation by small foundations. Some individuals finance specific projects like paying for transportations to Austria and Holland or like WSPA who donated the trailer.
It costs on average, 2000 euros a year to keep one donkey. We are not ‘loaded’ with money. We survive on a 12 year old clapped out jeep (mine), the office is a 3 metre caravan (mine) and my home is a 4 metre caravan (mine). No-one is paid a wage. Each month is a frightening struggle to find enough money to survive on, even more so in these economical hard times.
On a similar subject, I have been told that rumours abound that CDR has been given a large sum of money from a benefactor in Gastouri. They continue that I am in fact keeping this money in the bank and not spending it. Both statements are entirely untrue (unfortunately). Members of CDR are entitled to view the accounts at any time. I welcome any such requests and will happily include a view of the bank books and a look under my mattress. If you are not a member, it only costs 15 euros a year, join and the accounts are available to you.
Corfu, the rumour machine, at it again. Poor Judy. Unfortunately anyone who tries to do something worthwhile puts themselves in a position where people can, and in Corfu usually do, take pot-shots at them.
I'm sure the rumours will die down once there is something else for people to talk about.
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