Sarda gives thanks to deserving supporters

Members of the Sarda team who attended the event.

It was a ‘Thank you’ evening for those who have supported the organisation over the years and also an introduction to those who will support it in the years to come.

Oakfield Farm recently hosted and sponsored a dinner for the South African Riding for the Disabled Association (Sarda) at the Earth Centre, with more than 100 people attending the special event. Guests included representatives from the Mary Oppenheimer and Daughters Foundation, FLSmidth, Muldersdrift Businesswomen’s Association, local ward councillors and socialite Edith Venter of Edith Unlimited.

The decor for the evening was beautiful and the service superb. After registration each guest enjoyed delectable canapés and welcome liquid refreshments.

Julia Morris, the fundraiser, welcomed her guests, thanked the existing supporters for their continuous support and also welcomed new supporters to the fold. Ronell Viljoen, the Marketing Co-coordinator, presented a slide show introducing the organisation’s plans for the future and what funds are needed to achieve them.

Stacey Stouris, representing the Mary Oppenheimer & Daughters Foundation, was presented with a beautiful framed photographic collage acknowledging the tremendous support that the Foundation has given to Sarda.

Stacey Stouris, representing the Mary Oppenheimer & Daughters Foundation, was presented with a beautiful framed photographic collage acknowledging the tremendous support that the Foundation has given to Sarda.

After all the presentations had been made, the guests had the opportunity to enjoy a sumptuous meal followed by a selection of delicious desserts and were treated to superb wines from the estates of Ken Forrester and Porcupine Ridge.

Matthew Stubbs introduced a member of his staff whose son had ridden at the Earth Centre after he had been injured by a drunk driver. The therapeutic horse-riding that he experienced helped him immensely and he is now able to walk agai, and lives in Limpopo. This unexpected connection was a unique example of how therapeutic horse-riding benefits and improves lives, the hope that is created through the work that is done at the Earth Centre and highlights the importance of its continuation.

The centre has high hopes for the future and believes that it will be able to overcome all barriers that may come its way.

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Nadine Maré
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