It's all thanks to our amazing Volunteers
EHCRC Foundation would not be able to carry on without the thousands of hours volunteers put in to keep our animals happy, safe pay the bills and help ensure that the Foundation has a long-term future. Plans can be made secure in the knowledge that people will turn out and support the work needed to give our equines and other residents a safe and happy environment.
Volunteers come on a regular basis to work at the rescue centre which allows the Foundation to take in equines with all kinds of problems and difficulties. Sometimes this can involve helping with the rescue of animals in trying circumstances. Our volunteers remain patient and caring facing others whose seeming complete lack of sympathy for the malnourished or badly treated charges in their care demands an infinite patience.
All our beauties have distinctive, wonderful, personalities and individual needs. As our visitors know when they meet the very special Dexter our mule, regular entertainer and meet and greet guy.
A visit to the rescue centre during Sunday opening times lets you see the horses at their best; they are peaceful in the fields, well-fed and watered and they love the attention they get from our many friendly visitors. Just imagine though, each creature has to be fed, cleaned, given their medication and have their quarters cleaned on a daily basis. No matter what the weather, everyone at the centre still needs to be fed, so rain or shine, our volunteers turn up on a regular to care for them. The rescue centre has to be maintained and repaired. All these activities take both time and money.
The business of looking after animals costs money and the bigger the animal the more expensive the bills can become. This requires a planned, fundraising strategy working in the immediate area and beyond to bring in the necessary funds to keep the Foundation up and running. There are volunteers prepared to carry out the work of setting up a wide range of activities to bring in revenue. It might be a quiz night, a fashion show, selling raffle tickets, organising events, persuading local celebrities to run auctions or encouraging businesses to sponsor calendars. Anything and everything is tried to help raise money by our creative volunteers.
The main funding we raise for the Foundation comes via our charity shops located in Quesada, La Siesta, Guardamar, La Zenia and Montesinos. These shops are manned by our army of fabulous volunteers who take in the contributions, sort them, distribute them between the shops and put the items out in the shops for sale. This work would simply not happen without the kindnesses of our amazing volunteers who generously contribute their time and creativity to the charity. The volunteers turn out regularly; several of them barely recognise one end of a horse from the other, but they acknowledge the need to support the charitable work of helping animals in distress. Above all, they have fun meeting people and making friends with fellow workers and customers of all nationalities who are living or holidaying in the area.
The Foundation also offers a collection and delivery service and our van can be seen trundling around the area with volunteers marching up and down stairs carrying loads of all sizes which have been sold or are destined for sale in our shops.
Our volunteers do not claim to be special people although we think they are our equines guardian angels. Why else would people willingly give up their time to help the Foundation?
Our 53 residents also wish to send a message to their volunteers
"An enormous thank you to each and every one of our volunteers for all your dedication. You keep us safe, healthy, well fed and entertained" xxx
The Foundation is always seeking more volunteers. So if you would like to find out more about helping at the rescue centre contact: Sue on 652 021980 or fundraising for us, or working in our shops Contact Vicky on 636062000 or visit www.easyhorsecare.net