This month I am participating in a fundraiser for Pegasus, the local branch of Riding for the Disabled. Basically, they need money to stay open and keep doing what they do so well.
Have a look at their website, there's a great video showing kids having fun.
And here is a clip from the local news (sorry you may only be able to see the news in Australia)
My brother attended Riding for the Disabled when we were growing up in Wagga Wagga. It was so cool for him to experience riding a horse, plus the horses were so patient and easy to talk to, it was like having a new friend! The benefits of horse riding for people with a disability are numerous, but I think the best outcome is an increase in self confidence.
My Canberra Etsy team (fittingly named Canetsy) has organised a treasury. All of the items are for sale, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Pegasus. I have sewn a little butterfly pinny, since I did not have any horsey fabric in the stash. I would happily substitute another dress of the same value from my store if the butterfly one does not suit the buyer's taste.
How can you help?
- Spread the word! If you are on Etsy, you can heart the treasury, and comment to help it stay "hot". Here's a link to it Treasury
- Buy something. This is like donating except you get something you want, a win win situation
- Donate. Instructions on the website above. For Canberrans, the Luton's real estate offices across town are accepting donations
Interesting fact: therapy with horses is called "hippotherapy". Hippo comes from the Greek for horse, and the name hippopotamus actually means "river horse". Mesopotamia means "Land between the rivers". Pretty cool, hey?
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In shop news, I have gone completely bananas and am offering free shipping within Australia for the month of March! How crazy is that? You'll find the coupon code in the shop announcement on the main shop page. My Shop