At the beginning of 2011, Safintra Roofing responded to a plea from SARDA KZN (South Africa Riding for the Disabled Association for assistance with a roof for their Summerveld Arena. Initially it was thought that the roof would come in handy during the wet months in KZN and enable the Association to carry on with classes, but once the installation was complete, the levels of comfort under the canopy, especially during the hot humid months became blatantly apparent to riders, instructors and volunteers.
Medical professionals have long advocated the benefits of horse riding in those with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Riding improves conditions and builds a plethora of skills which would otherwise only be accomplished by extensive therapy. It also offers the rider a sense of independence and the gait of the animal mimics the three dimensional action of the human pelvis during normal upright walking – a truly remarkable experience for a child that has never walked before.
SARDA extended an invitation to Safintra Roofing to come and view their facilities. On 29 September 2011 Safintra rose to the occasion not only by visiting the facility, but by joining in on a class to get the true experience of what SARDA aims to achieve. Des Strydom from Safintra states:”What a magical experience to have seen the establishment and partake first hand in what the organization aims to achieve. The joy to see the faces of the children light up when they master new skills and the complete and utter dedication of the Instructors and Volunteer staff has been a life changing experience for me! I am truly proud to be associated with a sponsorship to such a worthy cause that touches the lives of so many on a daily basis. A warm thank you to Tracy Cummings of SARDA KZN for facilitating this experience!”
SARDA relies on sponsorship for fundrasing only. One of their premier fundraising events will take place on 1 November 2011 – a Night at the Races at Greyville Racecourse in Durban. Corporates are encouraged to get involved. Invitation to the event will be posted in our next blogpost.
Photography by Eve Morris of HT Fotography – http://www.htfotography.com