Kindness mounts to help farm

GENEROSITY: Amy Townsing appreciates the community support at Wendara Farm after recent robberies.
GENEROSITY: Amy Townsing appreciates the community support at Wendara Farm after recent robberies. Vicki Wood

THE community has rallied together to turn a heartless act into an act of kindness for Wamuran's Wendara Farm.

The farm, that provides horse riding lessons for special needs and disadvantaged kids, had all of the takings stolen from their Sensory Riding Day and then on a separate occasion had equipment stolen from the shed.

Amy Townsing from Wendara Farms said she was worried she wouldn't be able to operate, but then the community stepped in.

"With the loss of everything there was no way we were going to be able to pay for our hay that week and we were going to be constantly behind," she said. "A couple of people suggested doing a GoFundMe account which we did and ended up raising about $1700 which was unbelievable.

"Then we had people coming and sticky-taping money in envelopes to our gate, we had them putting it behind our signs, people driving up and dropping off bales of hay and other people rang companies who do the halters and ropes and got them donated to us."

Ms Townsing said it was important to keep the running costs of the farm as low as possible so she could continue to provide kids with the opportunity to ride.

"We're very cheap for a riding school," she said.

"We basically aim for low-income, foster care or special needs families because we like them to be able to afford to go horse riding."

Ms Townsing said she had seen the positive impacts the riding sessions had on the kids which was why she was devastated when someone had stolen from the farm.

"Horse riding has a lot of not only physical benefits but mental health benefits as well," she said.

"We had one boy when he first came that wouldn't let go of his iPad and wouldn't get on," she said.

"Eventually we got him on but he had to hold the iPad while he was on the horse and he went riding with the iPad. The second time they came through the gate he threw the iPad jumped out of the car and ran all the way down to get on the horse.

"Now every time we have to have the horse ready and he runs, climbs up and just sits there for the half hour and we take him through the bush and walk him around and through activities and he's non-verbal autistic and he's just brilliant.

"When you see how they start and how much they get out of it, it's really good."

Ms Townsing said she was thankful to everyone who donated and allowed her to keep running lessons.

"It was hard knowing someone had done this but it's been really heart-warming how everyone has responded."

Topics:  horse riding special needs wamuran

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