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“ A note from Avani:
This summer, I will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise much needed funds for Lovelane.
Lovelane is a wonderful place for children with special needs. I have seen with my own eyes what a loving and supporting environment it is where the needs of every child are put first.
I have also seen firsthand how my brother, Rohan, who has cerebral palsy, has benefited enormously from his hard work at Lovelane for the past three years. Nowadays, when I see Rohan in the kitchen, balancing himself on a step ladder to steal the cookies on a high cabinet, I am touched by how much he has progressed – this movement is mirrored to when his therapists make him reach for various objects while staying balanced on a moving horse. It’s amazing to see my brother become so independent!
The horseback riding that Lovelane provides for children with special needs cannot be matched by many traditional types of therapy so I am very grateful for what Lovelane has done for Rohan and children like Rohan.
However, the individualized therapy that Lovelane children benefit from is expensive – annually 60% of Lovelane’s budget has been raised through donations. This year I would like to help and I would appreciate your support in my venture up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Lovelane.”
Lastly, I just got the first letter about a donation made in my name (from Richard Gaby) and just for logistics, I think that it would be easier if I got an email instead of a hard copy letter whenever someone donated on the page.
Thank you so much,
A Q & A with Avani Kabra:
Why Kilimanjaro?I decided that I wanted to climb Mount Kilimanjaro about two years ago. My cousin climbed it around that time and when I looked at the pictures of all the amazing experiences she had, I knew that this was something I wanted to do as well. While most people are surprised that someone as young as I am wants to accomplish this feat, I’ve always been an adventurer at heart and I am so grateful for the opportunity to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.When are you going?I will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro from July 5th to July 11th.What kind of training are you doing to prepare?In order to prepare, I am mostly making sure that I stay physically and mentally fit. I play sports throughout the year so this definitely helps, and in addition, I plan on going for some longer (5-6 mile) runs and hiking up some local mountains before I head off to Tanzania.You’ve brought attention to our program to two continents. Your trip to Kiliminjaro makes 3. How have you achieved global advocacy?In the process of doing this project, I have had to do things I never thought I would do or even have the courage to do. While fundraising for Lovelane is the main goal, I have also been working towards another pressing issue: awareness for therapeutic horseback riding for children with special needs. When I embarked on this project, I thought that knowledge of this type of therapy was as common as sliced bread. Little did I know that many people who did not have siblings, parents, or relatives with special needs, and even some who did, were not at all aware of this type of therapy. Therefore, with every person I have asked to support me, I have also had to explain what therapeutic horseback riding is and its enormous benefits. Most people I met have been stunned with this new information, and I hope they take that with them and spread it around. I have reached out to people in England, France, all around the United States, and I will be taking this with me as I climb Mount Kilimanjaro. In terms of global advocacy, I am so happy to be able to spread message to different corners of the globe, which hopefully will inspire other to learn about, talk about, and get involved with the type of amazing work Lovelane does!You are 1/3 of the way to your goal. How can we spread the word?Tell your friends and family! There is so much power in each person’s words and using them to help spread awareness, even through casual conversation, can lead to endless possibilities. So start talking about it and if you feel so compelled, I would love to have your support in my climb up Mount Kilimanjaro.