Watching Katie Archer riding Mojo is an emotional experience.
The little girl is helped onto the horse by three Riding for the Disabled volunteers. Five-year-old Katie no longer has full control of her body, and she starts to thrash her arms down on Mojo, but he remains still and calm.
Then Mojo, assisted by the volunteers, gently takes Katie around the St Heliers Bay Pony Club grounds, while her poppa John watches on proudly.
Katie has Batten Disease, an extremely rare degenerative neurological condition which is ultimately fatal. Over time affected children suffer mental impairment, worsening seizures and progressive loss of sight and motor skills.
Her weekly visit to Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is something Katie dearly loves and John says it means so much to his family that they can build happy memories with their little girl.
The Harcourts Foundation …
Imagine the pain of nursing your terminally ill child.
It is without a doubt the worst thing a parent could ever go through. However, it’s a reality for hundreds of New Zealand families every year.
Throughout the weeks and months (and occasionally years) of a child’s terminal illness many families experience a gentle slide into poverty, as one or both parents stop working.
The Harcourts Foundation is proud to be supporting the Guardian Angels Charitable Trust, which aims to minimise financial stressors for families with babies, children and young people who have been referred to the Paediatric Palliative Care Service at Starship Hospital.
As well as helping families pay their day to day bills, Guardian Angels has set up a Special Wishes Project which helps with the special or unusual needs that arise for which there is no alternative funding.
A Harcourts Foundation grant of $2856 is going towards this …