Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What did you do Saturday?

I had the great fortune to participate in the Shining Hope Farms' Green Acre Project. This was my second time at this particular Hands On Charlotte event, and I had an even better time. Shining Hope Farms is non-profit organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding, family and caregiver support, and social and recreational activities for children and adults, some of which have disabilities.

Peter Samaroo, the project leader, was great. Part of our “work” was to help clear one of the riding trails from small trees in the way. In the interest of the children’s safety, we decided that additional dead or fallen trees posed a threat to the trail and must be taken down immediately. In addition, I helped out with some of the usual necessities, like raking up the “gumballs” dropped from the Sugar Gum trees. These can bruise the hooves of the horses. The other volunteers helped with spreading some grass seed, covering the seed with hay, combating fire ants, and, of course, playing with the horses.

We all had a really nice Saturday morning helping a great cause. I hope to visit the Shining Hope Farm soon, see the kids having a great time, and see my hard work pay off. While some people were still recovering from Friday night or sitting around with nothing to do, Kira, Sean, Peter, Luke, Chris, Natalie, and I got to go outside, get some sun, get some exercise, and help a great cause continue their excellent work in the community. I look forward to seeing the same faces (with some new) out there next time.

Check out more photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Josh Sauer is a volunteer for Hands On Charlotte.

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