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Quiz night raises funds for disabled riders

MUCH NEEDED funds for the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) were boosted recently, with a charity quiz night at the São Brás Inn.

Some 30 plus quiz enthusiasts gathered at the Inn to answer questions on a variety of subjects, from sport and entertainment to history and the environment, and help raise monies for the RDA.

Over 180 euros were raised by the event, which will go some way to ensuring the charity continues to help disabled people, in the Algarve, benefit their mental and physical health through the joy of horse riding.

Beverley Gibbons, owner of the Pinetrees Riding Centre at Almancil, where the lessons take place each week, and a qualified instructor for disabled riders, opened the Quiz Night and gave participants a small insight into the work of the RDA.

The RDA is a non-profit making organisation, which uses gentle horses as a form of life enhancing therapy for those with serious disabilities – ranging from cerebral palsy, autism and Down’s Syndrome, as well as a number of other mental and neurophysiological disorders. Both riding and hippotherapy allow interaction of the rider with the horse, and lessons are specifically tailored to suit the needs of each disabled rider – be it communication, concentration, motivation, movement or balance.  

For further information on the RDA, or for anyone interested in volunteering or fundraising, contact Rosemary Owen on 964 027 677.