Help disabled people ride to a better future
by Mary Peng
Our Campaign Storyends 30 Sep 2016, 12 AM
Team IGNITE, under Youth for Cause 2016, was formed by four like minded students who wanted to make a difference for the less well off in society. We decided to work with the Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore as it is the only organisation that provides hippotheraphy for free to children with mental and physical disabilities. The hippotherapy RDA allows beneficiaries to hone their coordination and motor skills.
Our goal is to raise the $12000 needed to cover the expenses of a horse for a year which would go a long way in helping RDA deliver free hippotheraphy to its more than 6000 beneficiaries. Through our Balance Challenge Campaign, we hope to raise awareness about RDA and the difficulties its benefactors have to face in daily life.
Team IGNITE is supported by the CITI-YMCA Youth for Causes which provided us with training and the necessary licences to carry out this fundraiser. All funds raised through our fundraising activities will go directly to RDA to help cover their expenditures.
RDA is the only registered charity in Singapore which has been providing free therapeutic and rehabilitative horse-riding for children and adults with disabilities for the past 35 years.
We provide horse-riding therapy (hippotherapy) to those with special needs. Hippotherapy has helped those with physical disability like cerebral palsy with improved muscle tone and motor functions. Those with learning disability like autism have seen improved social skills and better sensory sensitivity.
As part of the therapy, we bring our riders out for walks at a nearby forested trail. For many of our riders with physical disabilities, going into a forest is impossible on a wheelchair or with a walking aid. But they can do so with ease on a horse-back.
Over the years, some of our riders have advanced beyond therapy riding to international competition level! Two of our riders, Gemma Foo and Maximillian Tan, who represented Singapore in the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Paralympics Games started their riding sessions