The lead singer of an iconic ’80s rock band is sponsoring an Ontario donkey.
The Canadian Donkey Sanctuary in Puslinch posted a photo of Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Go’s holding a photo of one of their donkeys at the sanctuary on Thursday on X, formerly Twitter.
The collaboration apparently began when Carlisle visited an art gallery to see paintings created by a monkey.
“Pockets Warhol is a monkey painter at Storybook Farm Primate Sanctuary (in Sunderland, north of Whitby),” said Dale Gellatly, fund development and communications manager at the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada.
“Charmaine Quinn, who works with Pockets, also volunteers at the Donkey Sanctuary. When she was collaborating with Belinda on a project she was doing, she told her about the Donkey Sanctuary and what we do. Belinda was delighted to learn about what we do and decided to sponsor one of our donkeys.
The donkey sponsored by Carlisle is Duke, a special needs donkey at the sanctuary. Since the photo was posted on social media, numerous calls and emails have been made to the sanctuary asking for sponsorships.
“We posted things on social media with the cute picture of Belinda holding a picture of Duke and giving him a kiss,” Gellatly said.
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“People came to us and said, ‘I didn’t know we could sponsor a donkey’ and ‘How can I do that?’
The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada was established in 1992 by Puslinch resident Sandra Pady, who wanted a place where donkeys, mules and hinnies could live free from neglect and abuse.
Gellatly said she was thrilled to learn that Carlisle wanted to sponsor a donkey from the sanctuary.
“Anything we can do to help people know what we do and how we do it is great,” Gellatly said.
“Having a celebrity interested in supporting this helps get that message across.”
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