Rescue centre re-opens major fundraiser as building work begins on new fence to protect abused horses
As construction ramps up on a secure new boundary wall funded entirely by kind donors, the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre is calling for further donations to build the wall higher in a bid to better protect equines from winter winds and summer sun.
Co-founders Sue and Rod Weeding have re-opened the rescue centre’s major fundraiser and hope to raise a further €7000 to fund the extra height, dramatically improving the lives of dozens of their rescued equines.
Said Sue: “Making the wall higher will give our horses shelter from the cold north winds in winter and, in the future, allow us to create very sturdy and large field shelters for extra sun and rain protection, using the boundary fence as the back wall.”
The new design will now include five higher sections along the 218-metre long block wall, with lower sections in between to allow the horses to look out to the road, which, Sue says, the horses love. A new gate will also provide additional secure access to the centre.
“It's a win-win situation really,” says Sue, “but we do need help raising more money to go with this plan.”
Rod, formerly a professional builder in the UK, is doing much of the work himself, which has reduced costs by as much as €4000. The new donations will help cover additional blocks and materials required to increase the wall’s height and strength to accommodate shelters in the future.
The major fence fundraiser was originally launched in March last year to secure the centre, following a string of break-ins and intimidatory behaviour. These acts were believed to be retaliation after Sue and Rod rescued a horse named Oscar, who arrived at the centre starving and dehydrated.
More than 90 donors rallied to help raise an incredible €13,000 for Sue and Rod, who felt under siege at the centre, which is also their home.
After a series of delays due to approvals and bad weather, work finally began on the wall late last year, with Rod completing the first of five sections last month. Importantly, this section preserved crumbling irrigation channels, remnants of a centuries-old Moorish irrigation system still used by local farmers today.
Sue urged supporters to get behind the reopened fundraiser, saying even a small donation of just €5 donation would help. Donors who contribute €200 or more will be honoured with a plaque on a dedicated section of the fence.
You can make a secure online donation via the rescue centre’s website. Visit: www.easyhorsecare.net/donate/support-our-fence-fundraiser.
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre relies entirely on donations to fund its important animal welfare work, including the feeding and care of the centre’s more than 100 horses, ponies and donkeys rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment.
Located just outside Rojales at Partido Lo Garriga, 59, the centre opens to the public on the first Sunday of every month between 1pm and 4pm. Free horse tours run throughout the afternoon and refreshments are available in the café. For more details and directions, please visit www.easyhorsecare.net.
– Press release written by Kate Le Gallez.