Support ‘therapy in motion’ at the Gold Cup

2015-07-21 06:00
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THE South African Riding for the Disabled Association (Sarda) was established in Cape Town in 1973 by Belinda Sampson and Joy Finlay. Today there are branches in Durban, Port Elizabeth and the Highveld.

Sarda provides care for children and young adults who are mentally and physically disabled. The association gives them therapeutic and recreational horse riding lessons which assist in improving mental, physical and social well-being.

The branch exists as a result of teamwork with instructors and helpers volunteering their time and knowledge.

Volunteer Linda Wilson said that Sarda provides horse riding for therapeutic and recreational purposes at no charge to children from schools in the greater Durban area with special needs.

“We maintain a high standard of therapeutic horse riding by providing qualification opportunities and training to instructors and volunteers,” she explained.

“In riding a horse, freedom and independence become a reality.”

However, the lessons are costly and donor funds have decreased.

“We conduct fund-raising initiatives to sustain our organisation,” said Wilson.

She urged the community to support Sarda Durban’s “Galloping for Gold in the Country” on 25 July at the Gold Cup in Greyville. Tickets R150, which includes course access, early evening meal, live entertainment, non-stop tea and coffee in marquee with cash bar, raffle, spot prizes, TV screens and tote. Have a flutter at the same time and support “therapy in motion” for children with special needs.

For more information, contact Tracey on 073 243 2272 or durban@sarda.co.za - Supplied.

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