The first Friday of every month is Gotham Jeans Day, an internal fundraiser for a charity selected from employee suggestions. Past charities have included Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and Operation Smile.
On October 5, we raised scholarship money for a child to attend the Day of Studies program at the Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center (RMTC) at Kibbutz Grofit in Israel.
Located 45 minutes north of Eilat in the southern Arava, RMTC provides horseback riding therapy to 200 children and adults with developmental, neurological, emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities. The Day of Studies program serves children from kindergarten through high school who participate as part of their school curriculum. Individuals with almost any cognitive, physical, and/or emotional disability can benefit from therapeutic riding, driving, vaulting, competition or other purposeful, safe and supervised interaction with horses. Because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in verbalization, flexibility, balance, muscle tone, strength, posture, coordination, motor development and emotional well-being.
The Jewish National Fund (JNF) funds scholarships for RMTC’s Day of Studies program to ensure that this unique rehabilitative therapy is available to the population of Israel’s remote southern region.