In the beginning Molly gave Faith hope, now Faith is giving Molly hope
The EHCRC foundation is delighted to announce the imminent launch of their first eBook about Faith the pony. The idea of the book actually started two years ago, Sue had always felt that Faith's story would make a good book. Two or three attempts were made to create this by people writing for Sue; however it never really felt right, so it was never taken any further. Finally Sue decided to have a go herself, as she realised that really only she and Rod were the only ones who could write it, as they are part of the story.
Initially the story was written as a children's book about Faith and her animal friends at the rescue centre, not really including Molly in America.
Molly the pony, who lives in Louisiana was rescued by Kaye Harris seven years ago when hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, because of a horrendous leg injury as a result of this she went on to have a front leg amputation and became a national figure of survival and inspiration. She visits children in hospitals who have cancer and are waiting to have operations, some of which are amputations, and soldiers that have lost limbs in the war. When they met Molly with her artificial leg, they think if this little pony can do it, so can I, and for children she shows them it's ok to be different. It was Molly that inspired us to save Faith, who went on to become the first pony in Spain to also have a prosthetic leg.
A deep bond was formed across the Atlantic between Rod and Sue, and Kaye and Glen Harris, which led to Rod and Sue going over to New Orleans to meet these wonderful people and of course Molly the pony.
In America there is already a children's book published about Molly the Pony's story, it became a big seller. People bought the book assuming, as we also did, that Kaye and Molly got a percentage of the proceeds from it. Sadly it is not the case, she gets nothing. The author of this book has the copyright and gets all the money. Kaye and Glen trusted her and never signed an agreement with her before the book was published, or took legal advice. Like ourselves, they work seven days a week, and at the time were trying not only to recover themselves from being made homeless due to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, but also having to care for the many animals they had rescued, as they chose to stay in New Orleans, risking their own lives, with a group of other animal lovers to save all the abandoned animals that they could.
Having being told the whole story Rod and Sue became determined to somehow help these wonderful people, who are still struggling financially to keep Molly's foundation going, and to keep Molly herself. This is when the idea of the book finally made sense, it was re-written, adding Molly's story through Faith's eyes, as if in her diary.
All of this was made possible by the team at 'Soul Of The Net' Web Design, who came up with the idea of an e-book, and created the beautiful design.
This week Sue has been busy in the recording studio laying down the audio tape for the e-book and she would like to thank Richard Haywood and Trevor Lugmayer at Viva TV for recording the audio at their studio in Campoamor.
Initially the book will be available for the iPad, iPod and Kindle and we hope to have it in print within the next few months.
All proceeds from the sale of the e-book will be shared between the two charities – Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre Foundation (in Spain) & Kids and Ponies - Molly's Foundation, Inc. (in America).
We will keep you poster as to release date.