During 2013-2014, the Rotary global theme was “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”. The Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club wanted to take advantage of this theme, so they applied for a district matching grant that would allow the club to change the lives of a group of young women in Cary.
They worked with The Corral Riding Academy, a local non-profit organization that works with at-risk teenage girls by giving them an opportunity to grow, develop, achieve, and be successful, all in a safe and caring environment. One of the ways they achieve this goal is through equestrian therapy and care. They pair at-risk girls with rescued horses and encourage them to develop a bond of trust and confidence.
One of the major needs for Corral Riding Academy was outdoor lighting for their training arena so that during the winter months that the program does not need to end due to inadequate light. The Cary-Kildaire Club applied for a district grant to provide outdoor arena lights for the arena. During the course of the year, club members and other generous volunteers from the community helped to secure the lighting structures, prepare arena for lighting, obtain permits, and install the lights.
Once the lights were installed, they had a lighting party, where the staff and girls of the Academy discovered that the Rotarians were able to leverage the funds to light the whole arena versus just half as they originally planned. The Corral Riding Academy is now able to continue with their trainings and lessons during the winter months in a safely lit outdoor arena space. What a wonderful way to give back with a Rotary District Grant that did “Engage Rotary and Change Lives”.