Saving our owls with ping pong balls

Brendan Murray, founder of the Owl Rescue Centre hands over the Ford Mustang to Malcolm Block.


The Owl Rescue Centre (ORC) realised that they were in dire financial need and took on their largest fundraising initiative yet. On 27 April the centre promised to give away a brand new Ford Mustang to one of their financial sponsors.

Each sponsor received a ping pong ball to the value of R200 with their names and contact details on and on 29 July a random draw was done at the Fury Ford car dealership. The organisation aimed for 7 000 entrants, of which the first 4 000 ping pong ball entries would cover the costs of the campaign, including the purchase of the Ford Mustang 2.3 Eco Boost.

“We were confident that we would receive the anticipated support and went ahead without any hesitation,” said Brendan Murray, founder of the centre. “We are fortunate to have a large support base of wonderful and generous people who like to see our organisation grow from strength to strength,” said Danelle Murray from the Owl Rescue Centre.

On Saturday, excited entrants gathered at the Fury Ford dealership in the hope that their ping pong ball would be the lucky one drawn from the large wooden box. MixFM who partnered with the Owl Rescue Centre to help raise awareness for the campaign also attended the event for a live broadcast of the draw.

A happy Malcolm Block in his brand new Ford Mustang.

An astonished Malcolm Block received a phone call to inform him that he was the winner of the brand new sports car. His family came with him to fetch his brand new Mustang. In an interview with MixFM Danelle said, “We would like to thank everyone who made it possible.”


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Marnelle Greyling

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