The Kelowna New Car Auto Dealers Association donated $10,000 to the Arion Therapeutic Farm After School Program in East Kelowna.
Named after a black winged flying horse with an injured limb, the focus at Arion is recreation, independence and new beginnings through animal therapy. They have a dozen or so programs which are spearheaded by the therapeutic nature of horse riding and care.
Founder Heather Henderson says: “It is not just about riding; it is a full experience of animal care, empathy, communication, and physical connection with both the horses and the petting farm animals.”
The farm is for people of all abilities and needs. It runs year round at their Saucier Road location in East Kelowna.
There are full-time staff, some of whom live on site in the residential residences on the 12-acre parcel. As well, there is a core group of 40 some volunteers who help out with the after-school curriculum, school tours, birthday parties and seniors programming.
“This donation will go a long way towards our After School activities," said Henderson. "The annual cost for feed hay alone is $25,000.”
For information on the Arion Therapeutic Farm go to arionfarm.org or phone 778-477-1006.