L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, the Cape’s premier horseracing event, has once again identified the Montrose Foundation as its official beneficiary.
Seeking to address substance abuse affecting communities in South Africa, the Montrose Foundation draws on various programmes, including an Equine-Assisted Youth Development Programme, to help stem the tide of addiction.
Last year, L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate’s donation to Montrose Charity went towards the funding of five youth groups (a total of 40 young people), to complete the eight-week Equine Youth Development Programme.
“The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate is more than just an exciting day on the Cape Town social calendar. The Montrose Foundation speaks to the spirit of LQP as it brings people and horses together and is the ideal beneficiary for the event,” says 2014 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate coordinator, Katherine Gray.
Established in 2008, the Montrose Foundation helps to support communities affected by substance abuse and addiction through four core programmes: the Equine-Assisted Youth Development Programme, the Caregiver Programme, the Langeberg Substance Abuse Action Group, and the Find Help Find Hope Programme.
The Equine-Assisted Youth Development Programme is especially close to L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate’s heart and endeavours to directly assist youth at risk of drug and alcohol-related problems through an effective and unique programme involving interaction between these young people and horses.
259 youths from various NGOs have already graduated through the programme and the dramatic reduction in substance abuse and violent behaviour seen in these graduates is evidence of a worthwhile investment in their communities.
“For some people, working with the horses is the first time in their lives they’ve felt an authentic relationship with another being. These keenly intuitive animals continue to unreservedly heal and help so many young people to see their own potential and to live fulfilling lives through the process of equine-assisted learning. The Montrose Foundation is deeply grateful to L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate for its continued support,” says Montrose Foundation General Manager and Equine Specialist, Stacey Doorly-Jones.
The 12 races of L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate will take place on 11 January 2014 at Kenilworth Racecourse, where race-goers, beautifully decked out in the event’s signature blue and white, will look on as the country’s top thoroughbreds pound the turf in pursuit of the main race’s R1 million purse.