HETRA Hosts “We Walk So They Can Ride” 5K Run, 2K Walk and Fundraiser
The Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) (hetra.org/donate/drive-to-ride/walkevent.html) is hosting a “We Walk So They Can Ride” 5K run / 2K walk on October 17 at their campus in Gretna. The charity event features an all-terrain, scenic route across HETRA’s 25-acre barn property to support sponsorships for HETRA’s participants and their families. The 5K Run kicks off at 7:30am, with the 2K Walk and Festivities starting at 9 a.m. Following the walk, participants are encouraged to enjoy family-friendly games with prizes available for adults and children alike. HETRA ambassadors—mini horses Stormy & Blue—also will be in attendance! Participants in this outdoor event are encouraged to social distance and follow the COVID-19 Safety Guidelines listed on the event website.
Funds raised at the event will benefit the Participant Sponsorship Fund and the families of Drive to Ride, HETRA’s largest family fundraiser. Drive to Ride is an online campaign for which families raise funds for HETRA in exchange for free therapeutic sessions/courses in 2021. Last year, participant families earned a combined total of over 500 free sessions in 2020, and six of the families earned a full year’s worth of free sessions!
The Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy comprises a team of dedicated instructors, occupational, physical, and mental-health therapists, a band of dedicated volunteers, and 22 wonderful therapy horses. They work to improve the lives of children and adults living with disabilities, as well as veterans and their families. For more information on the “We Walk So They Can Ride” 5K Run / 2K Walk Event, go to hetra.org/donate/drive-to-ride/walkevent.html.