This Saturday, Oct. 22nd, Corceles del Desierto de Sonora Civil Association will be hosting their 3rd annual fundraiser for their equine therapy program, which assists children with special needs. The program includes a demonstration of the equine therapy program, a traditional Mexican feast, as well as music and presentations – all geared around raising funds to help keep the much needed program going. Tickets are 100 pesos, and even if you can’t go you can help out by purchasing a raffle ticket (Contact Sami at email@example.com to indicate how many tickets you’d like).
As a way for people to see the rehabilitative work in which more than 15 children participate weekly, Corceles del Desierto’s “Pequeños Grandes Jinetes” (Grand Little Riders) event hopes to raise funds in order to continue providing equine therapy to children who have come to rely on this care in helping to improve their quality of life.
The event will take place at Rancho San José, located east of kilometer 76 along the Puerto Peñasco – Sonoyta highway, and will include a demonstration of the equine therapy program and a dinner prepared by the “stars”, or rather the parents of children participating in the program. The evening will include the musical group “Los Sierreños del Norte” from the local COBACH high school.
Claudia Lugo, director of the equine therapy program and one of the principal event organizers, explained there are numerous sponsors involved who have donated gifts for the numerous raffles throughout the night.
She indicated this activity is first and foremost so that people can see the equine therapy work for themselves, as well as the horses, and hear from the parents as to how the children have benefited and progressed.
“Honestly, not many people know how equine therapy works, and what better thing than to have the parents themselves share their experiences,” she explains, “there are children that couldn’t walk and who have improved through the sessions.”
She detailed the difficulties that exist in sustaining the program, as of the 15 children who regularly participate in the therapy sessions (which are held once a week), only 4 of them have sponsors. Without additional sponsors for the children (which is 2000 pesos monthly/child …or about $110 US), there is a risk the sessions will be suspended come January.
Currently, the equine therapy program cares for children ranging in age from just 6 months old to teenagers, all of whom have disabilities with motor skills or congenital issues for their rehabilitation.
So, on Saturday, Oct. 22nd, come out and show your support for this worthwhile program while getting in on an equine therapy demonstration and a delicious meal! Tickets are just 100 pesos (about $6 US). Or check with Sami for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org