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SSTRA saddles up for relocation plan

Long-standing group launches fundraising campaign

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The following is the first in a series of articles about the Salt Spring Therapeutic Riding Association and its quest for a new home on Salt Spring Island.

SUBMITTED BY SSTRA

Liz Anderson, an active and tireless volunteer in our community, has been a strong supporter of the inclusion and development of individuals with physical, intellectual or emotional challenges. 

As the parent of a daughter (Suzy) with an intellectual disability and the co-founder and board president of the Salt Spring Therapeutic Riding Association, Liz is acutely aware of the incredible benefits the program provides to the riders, their families, the volunteers and the community.

Just one example of Liz’s ongoing commitment to the viability of the program was her willingness to provide us with a temporary home on her private property for the last 14 years. Never intended to be a long-term solution, it is time for SSTRA to thank Liz and her family for their incredible generosity and move on to a new home.

We are looking for a home that enhances the convenience, comfort and safety of our riders and allows for the expansion of our program and supports community equine activities.

SSTRA is launching their Relocation Fundraising Campaign on Nov. 28, which coincides with “Giving Tuesday.” We need your support to raise $500,000 to secure a new home and to cover the infrastructure costs which will include a covered riding arena for all-weather riding for the program and community to use.

Please help out and donate online at www.sstra.ca or call Erika Ponsford at 250-653-9925 for further information on the needs.

SSTRA has been providing unique equine therapy to both children and adults with special needs in the community for over 16 years. This special equine-assisted activity helps to improve muscle tone, balance, posture coordination and motor development as well as psychological, cognitive, behavioural and communication skills and well-being.  SSTRA is dedicated to supporting our riders in achieving their greatest potential.

There is no greater calling than helping others! Please contribute to this important community program.

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