The South African Riding for the Disabled Association, SARDA, provide the opportunity of therapeutic and recreational riding to disabled people who, irrespective of their disability, might benefit from riding in their general health and wellbeing and their social and education skills.
Every week SARDA provides free riding lessons to 160 riders from 15 special needs schools in the Western Cape.
Volunteer helpers at SARDA have an important and responsible job. Without them the organization cannot
function. There are two functions that a helper can provide in a class.
The first is as a Leader: Leaders are in charge of their horses and this is their sole responsibility. If there are no side-walkers, leaders will keep an eye on the progress of the rider. However they are not there to teach the rider.
The second is as a Side-Walker: Side-walkers act as “bridges” between the rider and the instructor. They are there to relax the rider, to reinforce what the instructor is asking them to do, to give support (either physical or mental), to react in an emergency, and to build up a close relationship with the rider.
Volunteering at SARDA is an incredibly rewarding experience.
Getting to know the riders, watching their improvement and knowing that you have contributed towards this is so special.
Training is provided and it is not necessary to have prior knowledge of horses or disabilities.
Please call SARDA Center on 021 794 4393 for the date of our next VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION session. You won’t regret it!
WOULD YOU LIKE TO RECEIVE RDA (Riding For the Disabled) Training?
Please call SARDA Centre at 021 794 4393 to find out more about our instructor training programme.
HELPING SARDA WITH YOUR MYSCHOOL CARD
MySchool has been such an amazing help for SARDA in terms of our fund raising. The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card is an effortless way to support SARDA, registered as a charity in your area. Sign-up with MySchool via MySchool website and select SARDA as your beneficiary. www.myschool.co.za/support/apply
OR collect a MySChool/My Village /My Planet Card at SARDA Center, fill in the accompanying form and activate it at your nearest Woolworths supermarket.