Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre, Ontario- Puslinch

Beneficiaries of this grant will participate in one semester (10 weeks) of weekly therapeutic riding lessons. Most children continue their participation in therapeutic riding long past the initial semester, and continue to benefit from these programs for years to come.                                     

The group served by this program are children with special needs from financially-marginalized families. For many of these children, viable fitness and sport opportunities are extremely limited due to their cognitive, behavioral, emotional and / or physical needs. For some families, registration fees can create additional barriers to participation. Therapeutic riding is a safe, empowering sport opportunity, and many parents have found it to be one of the few (or only) physical recreation programs in which their child can happily participate on a long-term basis. Only swimming and riding offer complete freedom of movement for children with physical special needs, allowing them to leave walkers or wheelchairs behind.

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This grant was made possible by the fundraising efforts of Guelph Pergola Commons GoodLife Fitness staff and members during the 2013 fundraising campaign. 

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