Variety Village and Help by Helping ~ hosted the first ever all-inclusive FREE dance party, DANCE-ABLE!#WATWB

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are   Simon Falk, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Inderpreet Uppal, Damyanti Biswas and Sylvia Stein. For more information on how to join this blog fest please click here!  #WATWB is also looking for members to join us as co-hosts. If you are interested please drop us a line here!

Professor Owl has in the past shared the wonderful facility  Variety Village  along with their  News and Events.  This month we are sharing a special event they held this month.

ON July 4, 2017,  Variety Village and Help by Helping are excited to announce they hosted the first ever all-inclusive FREE dance party, DANCE-ABLE!
at Cabana Pool Bar from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm
This was In celebration of Variety Village and Canada’s 150th birthday, guests experienced an evening of music, inclusive dancing, and special surprise performances.

Variety Village is a 168,000 square foot sport, fitness and recreation centre for all ages and abilities and Help By Helping is a collective of friends who came together with one mission in mind, to help others. Their events and projects bring awareness to various causes within the local community.

The event on July 4, 2017 at Cabana Pool Bar ran from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm and brought families, businesses, and the greater local community together to enjoy an evening of music, inclusive dancing and games.
“Our goal was to create an open event to celebrate people with disabilities in our community. It is our hope that this amazing event will make memories to last a lifetime,” says Karen Stintz, President and CEO, Variety Village. “This is also a great opportunity to create awareness for Variety Village and highlight our important and vital programs. We look forward to more of these events in the near future!

For more information on Variety Village ~ Please visit their website http://www.varietyvillage.ca

 

Ontario therapeutic riding centre brings smiles to children, youth and adults with disabilities. #WATWB

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are  Lynn Hallbrooks, Michelle WallaceSylvia Stein,  Belinda Witzenhausen and myself, Sylvia McGrath. For more information on how to join this blog fest please click here!  #WATWB is also looking for members to join us as co-hosts. If you are interested please drop us a line here!

Professor Owl’s newsletters have always tried to bring news with regards to children, youth and adults with special needs.  Most years we have also shared information on summer camps and other organisations where they are able to experience and enjoy activities they never dreamed they would be able to do.  Our #WATWB post this month is about one such organisation:

THE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION FOR RIDERS WITH DISABILITIES (CARD)

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Program & Riders

The CARD therapeutic riding program is offered through three sessions each year: Fall, Winter, and Spring.

CARD also offers a summer program. Details for the Summer Program will be released in Winter

  • Year-round at CARD’s facility in G. Ross Lord Park
  • 6 days a week
  • Four sessions each year (Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer Camp program)
  • The Fall, Winter & Spring sessions are 9-12 weeks long.
  • The Summer Program is 6 weeks long.
  • Each class is 30-60 mins long, depending on class type

All clients are assessed by CARD staff prior to program placement. The cost of the assessment is $100. Once the client is assessed, he or she is placed into the appropriate program class. Please click here for new rider inquiries.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • All riders are assessed by the CARD staff prior to entering the program to ensure appropriate program fit
  • There is no age restriction for CARD riders – riders can be as young as 4
  • There is a weight restriction of 160 lbs for riders with no physical impairments. Riders with balance or motor control challenges will be assessed on a case-by-case basis for participation in mounted programs.
  • The cost to maintain one therapy horse for a year (including maintenance, veterinary and farrier expenses, equipment, food) is approximate $9000
  • The cost for one rider to participate in a session is more than $1500
  • Each rider pays $570 – $870 per session – CARD fund-raises to subsidize the remaining funds

Mission

To improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities through quality therapeutic riding programs.

Looking for gifts in kind. If you would like to support CARD through donations of items, we would be glad to accept. Please take a look to see what we are currently accepting.

https://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=d16731

How to reach us

Phone: 416-667-8600
Fax: 416-739-7520

Location
4777 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON
M3H 5T3

General Email:
info@card.ca

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