Saddling up for challenge
COLLEEN Radcliffe is the first person to admit she’s got quite the challenge ahead of her, but she can’t wait to get started.
Over the course of 10 days, Colleen will be rescuing a horse, training it — alongside five other people and their horses — and then auctioning it off to its ‘forever home’, with the proceeds donated to Community Living and Respite Services’ Opening Doors project.
Colleen’s project, called ‘‘culmination of a dream’’ will begin on Friday at HorseHand Echuca, where she’ll be a participant in the 10-day Awaken Rescue program.
She said the idea came to her while she was scrolling through Facebook and saw a post that the program was running again and HorseHand was looking for applicants.
‘‘I applied thinking ‘I probably won’t be chosen’,’’ Colleen said.
‘‘I hadn’t told anyone I applied and then Jodie Kelvy (from HorseHand) called me and said I’d been successful.
‘‘But I don’t need another horse, and so I thought it would be a good idea to rescue one from the sales, sell it off and pay it forward by donating the money to CLRS.’’
After the program has concluded and the horse auctioned by Ray White director Lynn Hall, HorseHand’s Jodie Kelvy will assist the new owners with handling their horse.
And CLRS will receive money towards the Opening Doors program.
‘‘I got in touch with (CLRS chief executive) Suzanna Barry and looked at their Opening Doors High St property, I thought it is the perfect place for the funds to go to,’’ Colleen said.
‘‘I’ll save a horse, someone will get a new companion and the money will go to a terrific cause.’’
CLRS services manager Rosemary Hermans said the organisation is thankful for the support from community members like Colleen.
‘‘It’s because of the terrific support of community members that we’re able to provide this program,’’ she said.
‘‘The Opening Doors program opens up opportunities and gives clients the chance to live independently, a lot of them haven’t had that chance to live at home by themselves.