"If we can manage to get through the next year I believe we will have beaten the odds and Willows will be on more solid ground for a secure future. Please help if you can." - Paul Rodgers
Paul Rodgers, founding member and singer/songwriter with Free, Bad Company, The Firm, who resurrected Queen to tour and record with them from 2004 - 2008, and his wife, former Miss Canada, Cynthia Kereluk have become Patrons of Willows Animal Sanctuary in Aberdeen, Scotland, at a crucial time.
Willows Animal Sanctuary, one of the only centres of its kind, will run out of funding by the end of July 2012 unless vital money is raised to ensure its survival.
Rodgers & Kereluk are supporting the urgent appeal to save the 300 welfare animals that have been refused a home by other centres as they were either injured, old, handicapped or abused resulting in bad behaviour. Also at risk are vulnerable people who have been helped through there Animal Assisted Therapy Program.
It's been a busy 12 months for Paul, one of the UK's greatest songwriters and performers, and his wife Cynthia as, last year, they were also named Patrons of England's premier Racehorse Sanctuary and Re-homing Centre in West Sussex.
They were introduced to the sanctuary, and the plight of ex-racehorses, by close friends and fellow musicians Deborah Bonham and her husband Pete Bullick, who are Trustees.
Both The Racehorse Sanctuary and Willows Animal Sanctuary are self-funded charities that need the public's help and financial support in order for them to continue their vital work with vulnerable animals and vulnerable people, as the Racehorse Sanctuary works with Autistic individuals.
Paul Rodgers has donated the following items to be raffled on August 28, 2012 at just £2 per ticket, for Willows Animal Sanctuary:
Paul Rodgers Autographed Acoustic Guitar
Personal Autographed Tambourine
Bad Company Autographed LP "Run With The Pack"
Autographed Limited Edition and Numbered Paul Rodgers Photo
2 Mystery envelopes potentially worth millions of pounds!
Cosmos Rocks Book
Plus, five other items to make a total of twelve prizes to celebrate Willows' 12th Anniversary
You can purchase raffle tickets using PayPal by visiting willowsanimals.com.
Rodgers has recently played two benefit concerts, in the UK, for the Racehorse Sanctuary, generating an incredible £80,000 to help with running costs.
His latest studio recording "With Our Love" was co-written and performed with his longtime friend, guitarist Perry Margouleff, with whom Rodgers has collaborated over the years.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the single is earmarked for the charities The Racehorse Sanctuary & Rocking Horse Children's Charity and Seraphim 12 Foundation, (the latter which Margouleff is a Senior Board Member).
The song "With Our Love", is available now as a digital download or in CD format from the merchandise page on Paul Rodgers' website for £5 (including shipping and handling), link below.
New addition to Willows
Willows would like to announce the birth of "Free Spirit" (named after "Free" - the band that Paul Rodgers formed in the sixties). He is the first foal to be born at the charity in twelve years. The foal was born to Carly a rescued Shetland mare who was part of a welfare case up in the Shetland isles. She was part of a group of three that had been found abandoned, starving, covered in lice and other parasites. Once seized by the authorities Willows Animal Sanctuary was asked to help to save the ponies. The foal named Free Spirit is our symbol of hope for the future.
For more information, please go to:
Paul Rodgers Official Website