RDA receives donation from Vilamoura school

Pupils at the Vilamoura International School raised funds to help Riding for the Disabled in the Algarve (RDA) to continue to offer riding therapy to disabled people.

Funds were raised through the school’s Red Nose Day when pupils participated in sponsored sports activities and, this year, they also cooked red foods and cakes to support the cause.

Before presenting the cheque to RDA, some of the pupils visited the Albufeira Riding Centre to help with the riding therapy session with children from the Special Needs Unit at the Almancil School.

Riding therapy works as a complement to other therapies and deals with neurophysiological aspects and may also be used with people with cerebral palsy, autism, Down’s Syndrome, mental disability or other neurological syndromes. The different goals are defined in relation to the needs of each rider and the horse is used as a tool to help attain these goals.

Riding for the Disabled in the Algarve, (Associação Equitação Deficientes do Algarve – AEDA) says it is “the only recognised and registered charitable association in the Central Algarve providing riding therapy for young Portuguese adults and children with various mental and physical disabilities”.

It holds riding sessions at Albufeira Riding Centre, Vale Navio and Vilamoura Riding Centre.

If anyone would like to sponsor riders or volunteer to help at the riding sessions, contact Sandie Skevington on 919 060 604.