Horsing around is therapeutic recreation

 SARDA representatives receive a charitable contribution from raised golf day proceeds

SARDA representatives receive a charitable contribution from raised golf day proceeds

Established in Cape Town, South Africa in 1973, the South African Riding for the Disabled Association (SARDA) provides opportunities for therapeutic and recreational horse riding for disabled people. These types of activities offer distinct benefits to participants in all aspects of their mental and physical well-being as well as their social lives.

Since its inception, the success of these therapies has become well-known in the region and has helped the organization spread—it now has branches located in Durban, Port Elizabeth and Gauteng. At the Gauteng Centre, 120 children, the majority of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds, are able to ride weekly because of the programs provided by SARDA. 

As with most associations of this nature, SARDA depends on donations from companies and individuals in order to continue the beneficial work it is involved with. Each year, FLSmidth’s South African management team considers and selects a number of worthy causes to which the company, employees and customers can help contribute. In 2015, SARDA was chosen for this charitable support and tied into FLSmidth’s annual golf day, with the proceeds of the day being donated to SARDA. 

The 2015 golfing event was held at the Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg. Customers and suppliers were invited to participate to enjoy a day out in the sun while socializing, relaxing and attempting to improve their game. To promote the fundraising effort for SARDA, a special competition was run by FLSmidth where they would make a donation for every birdie and eagle. They would also pay a "penalty" donation for those who did not make any birdies. 

The day was a great success with only a few bruised egos to worry about. From the proceeds gained, Charl Drury, Country Head for FLSmidth’s South Africa office, gifted SARDA with a charitable donation at a presentation held at FLSmidth’s Roodepoort offices on 29 October 2015. SARDA’s Chairperson Katrina Evans and Julia Morris, SARDA's Fundraiser, both accepted the donation with beaming smiles. 

Morris thanked FLSmidth for the wonderful donation and for the ongoing support. She said that all donations were, out of necessity, being used for the day-to-day expenses of the SARDA Gauteng operation. 

“The support of an international organization such as FLSmidth is invaluable to SARDA Gauteng, and we hope that other corporations and individuals will consider supporting us on a regular basis,” Morris said.  

FLSmidth employees care about the world we live in and are often involved in community, volunteer, educational and charitable work. Look out for more stories in future Highlights editions to see what our people are doing to make this world a better place.

CONTACT: Terence Osborn