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Ramp up to support children with disabilities

Gibsons and Sechelt Lions

Thanks to the generosity of Sechelt and Gibsons Lions clubs, there is a new ramp at Mason Bluff Farms where horse trainer and riding coach Jeanine Ellingham and her team give riding lessons, and where children in wheelchairs and other mobility devices are now able to access and enjoy the benefits of therapeutic riding.

For children unable to walk, riding a horse is not only fun, it also stretches and strengthens their legs.

The ramp and its platform provide the appropriate height and supportive railings for safety and security for children with mobility challenges. It is the newest piece of equipment that has been donated through the Lions Clubs.

Last year Sechelt Lions contributed a motorized swing unit that moves children with mobility issues onto the horses.

In addition to providing this equipment for the riding stables, Sechelt and Gibsons Lions also provide financial assistance for the Kids in Motion program (KIM).

KIM helps families pay for therapeutic riding, swimming and other recreational activities for children who are part of Bridges physiotherapy and occupational therapy programs.

Sunshine Coast Community Services Society shouts a grateful thank you to the Lions for their compassion for our community’s children with disabilities and for their ongoing generosity in supporting these children to be able to participate in activities that bring therapeutic benefits and joy.

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