Thirteen kids from the Ipoh Down’s Syndrome Centre together with their teachers and caretakers were brought to the Ipoh Equestrian Centre for a day of fun.
The kids were treated with a special horse-car ride around the stable and a chance to have horse-riding sessions. This was the first time for all the kids and one of their teachers, Christopher A/L L Gabriel, 35, expressed his thanks on behalf of their centre.
“This was the first for us and the kids. It was clear to see how much they are enjoying this and I’m glad that we are invited. Hopefully, we will get more invitations like this because it is quite difficult for these kids to be given opportunities to enjoy themselves like today,” said Christopher.
Seeing how enjoyable the day was, Salwati Hassan, 52, couldn’t help but to see pure joy in her daughter’s eyes.
“My daughter, Aleesya Yusrina turned eight this year and she really enjoyed the day. We’ve been sending her to the centre and she has improved a lot especially in socializing. She is having a blast riding the horse, I would like to express my gratitude towards everyone who organised this event,” said Salwati.
As for Ratna Jeyaratnam, 54, one of the main sponsors of the day, she hoped that more would join her and their group to contribute more to the society.
“Ipoh has been hosting great and big events. I believe it is the right time for everyone to take action and pay back to the community by organising events for the less fortunate. Today’s aim isn’t just about making the kids happy but also to give their family and caretakers a chance to have an enjoyable day as well. We couldn’t have done this without the strong support from the Ipoh Equestrian Centre and hopeful more will participate in the future.” added Ratna.
Ipoh Down’s Syndrome centre is located at 2 Persiaran Bercham 27, Taman Sri Kurau, Bercham, 31400 Ipoh, tel.: 05 546 8386, where they have specially trained teachers to teach and guide kids as young as one year up till 12.