New Roof At Equestrian Center Helps Needy Kids - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

New Roof At Equestrian Center Helps Needy Kids

By Paul Drewes & Diane Ako

WAIMANALO (KHNL) -- Wet weather will no longer keep kids from saddling up on the Windward side of Oahu. At the Manawale'a Riding Center, a new steel roof now covers the arena which is used by mentally and physically challenged children for therapeutic sessions that would have to be cancelled in the past because of rain. The program improves motor skills and social interaction by teaching kids all about horses. From grooming, saddling, and riding, the children take part in some important "horse play."

Lion Mervin Wee explains, "These youngsters just transform once they get on the horse. They glow and get so excited and really enjoy riding the horse as part of their therapy."

Today's blessing comes after Hawaii Lions Clubs donated their time to get a $75,000 grant for funding and also helped with the construction of the new steel roof.

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