The Inspire Foundation has launched a crowdfunding campaign on local platform Zaar to extend its Therapeutic Horseback Riding Programme to Gozo. Although the organisation already provides this service as part of its physical, occupational and speech-language therapies for children and adults with disability, it now hopes to offer a similar and much-needed service on the sister island.
When asked why they chose to collaborate with Zaar, an Inspire spokesperson said, “We believe this to be an exciting new platform for us. We’re always looking for new ways to engage with the public and to communicate with them about our cause.”
Therapeutic horseback riding can prove very beneficial to people with special needs, the most obvious being its physical nature, since the horse provides a dynamic base of support, making it an excellent tool for increasing trunk strength and control, balance, and for building overall postural strength and endurance.
Image: Children during horse therapy
“However, apart from helping them with their physical condition, therapeutic horseback riding also helps children and adults with disabilities gain confidence. As with all animals, horses bring people together regardless of their abilities, backgrounds or history, making inclusion a reachable reality,” says Claire Galea, the Fundraising Manager at the Foundation.
“We wouldn’t have been able to provide this service were it not for the generous donations we receive and fundraising efforts we undertake. I therefore urge the public to donate whatever they can towards the introduction of therapeutic horseback riding in Gozo, because every little bit can make a great difference in someone’s life,” she continued.
Meanwhile, Inspire is also offering benefactors a number of rewards to thank them for their support, namely a stress ball and a paper notebook for donations over €25. On top of that, day-long passes for Inspire’s Fitness Centre with the use of the Inspire Indoor Pool in M’Scala will be given to the first 20 people who contribute.
To donate, please visit Zaar and click on the Therapeutic Horseback Riding Project for further information.