Life often gets in the way of living, but for Marlene’s birthday this year she had a chance to experience life in a way that many of us don’t get a chance to witness. She celebrated her birthday in the township with the dogs due to be sterilised through her Buckaroo project. It was a truly touching experience to celebrate with those who have next to nothing, but are blessed with far more peace than most. They named her Nonthando, which means the one who brings Love. This is a reminder that all we take away from this life is love, so we should fill every moment with as much love as we can. What a blessing to spend such a wonderful birthday surrounded by so much love and to share it with her Buckaroo Team.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE… Marlene Neumann not only shares her beauty through her images, she inspires people to become the best they can be. Merrifield Preparatory School invited Marlene to inspire their students. Over 250 hearts were opened as they hung on her every word. Her message “Making a difference – everything you do matters”… even a smile makes a difference. Loved beamed from their tiny eyes as she interacted with the audience. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You cannot help but feel a surge of energy when listening to her. Marlene Inspire’s from corporate’s to students.
Marlene Neumann received a phone call from an owner from the Cintsa East township, reporting that her dog had been stabbed. He was one of the dogs who was sterilised by Marlene’s BUCKAROO project. “We fetched the dog, whose name is “Danger”, and the SPCA stitched him up and gave him antibiotics. He is home now and doing well. There is definitely a noticeable difference in the dogs and their owners. Danger may have not previously received any attention. The owners struggle without fencing to contain the animals”, Neumann said. Marlene and her team continue to drop off food parcels in Cintsa East. Marlene says: “Every dog we help makes A DIFFERENCE TO ‘THAT’ DOG”.
Marlene Neumann is a SA fine art photographer and founder of the Buckaroo charity initiative. Give a Buck, give a Rand..
Marlene Neumann’s love for animals goes beyond a handout and the odd good deed. It is part of who she is and maybe her intuitive eye for photography takes her beyond being the viewer. She feels everything. Her quote she is known for: “I photograph not what I see, but what I feel. “She heads up her own project called Buckaroo, which provides support for animal NGO’s and at present Marlene’s focus is sterilisation in the informal settlements. When everyone has left, in her own time, Marlene personally checks up on the progress of the dogs. The photograph above says it all. The dogs who were skin and bone are looking healthier. Marlene has sunk in food and water bowls so that the pigs don’t knock them over. This detail worries her until she finds a solution. Her actions teach dog owners and children compassion towards animals. Marlene believes that every positive action and good deed has a ripple effect, no matter how small it may seem in the animal crisis in our country.
Marlene’s message on Facebook – “WORKING IN THE TRENCHES”
Marlene’s Buckaroo Initiative is helping their third informal settlement as part of the BUCKAROO STERILISATION DRIVE. “ONE HOME HAD 16 DOGS…yesterday was a hard day with moments of ecstasy..as we removed wire from a pup’s neck and replaced it with a bright red collar…my Buckaroo Team and I delivered 15 kennels, gave out food parcels to the owners. Another 10 dogs were taken home after being sterilised by the ELSPCA which was funded by the Buckaroo project..Lionel and Zuki thank you for your compassion you showed those animals…We cannot comprehend the hardship of these dogs.. (see album) STERILISATION is the key…If each one one of us did something..We could make a difference in one dog’s life…love Marlene”
Award-winning fine art photography and philanthropist Marlene Neumann, continues to make waves with her BUCKAROO PROJECT. In the three years since she founded her fundraising initiative, Marlene and her dedicated team, have made a huge positive impact for animal welfare organisations in the Border region in the Eastern Cape. Marlene and her Buckaroo Team are raising funds for a sterilization drive in informal settlements in and around East London. Follow their journey on Facebook