Matthew McCormach – Grand Prize Winner of the VFTH International Writing Competition 2011 – Subject Wild Horses and his guest from Missouri, U.S.A. will be flying to the ISPBM (International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros) in July 2012!! Matthew very much looks forward to his trip and promises to bring back a great story for us! Although a Canadian born organization, Voice For The Horse reaches beyond our borders to create awareness for both our younger generations and of course our horses with the mission to “Bridge the Gap between Horse and Humans in our Modern Day World”. We invite you to join us and be a part of our virtual and social media platform created to forever engage us ALL with these wonderful animals!
Visit our Online Presentation Page for the 1st VFTH International Children’s Writing Competition 2011
Matthew: Thank you for sharing the following kind and thoughtful words with Voice For The Horse …
“Everyone has a hobby or task that they love. Volunteering is one of the hobbies that I enjoy. I particularly like to spend time helping animals such as horses. For two years in high school, I volunteered at a therapeutic riding facility for children and adults who are disabled. I would help individuals with various mental and physical disabilities learn to ride horses. As I would walk alongside the horse and rider, I made sure the pupil was sitting up straight, holding the reigns properly, but most importantly, feeling content and special. This was such a joy for me and for everybody who was involved in the therapeutic riding lessons. Everyone whom I volunteered with at this fantastic facility, including the horses, was so upbeat. Associating with horses and helping the less fortunate feel like they were on top of the world was definitely a win-win situation.
I have also volunteered for years at a large animal rescue facility. I clean stalls, brush horses, hand out treats, and make sure each animal is treasured. Seeing horses and other farm animals bounce back from a previous life of abuse or neglect at this rescue facility is such a great feeling. Knowing that I was involved in the recovery effort of suffering animals puts a big and rewarding smile on my face.
I would encourage others to get out and volunteer! Maybe volunteering with animals is not your thing. There are countless other volunteer opportunities to embrace. I would encourage everyone to play a part in making the world a better place. Something as simple as a friendly greeting or gesture to a person (or an animal ) truly does make the world a happier, better place to live”.
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.