“Paint for a cause” fundraiser for horse therapy

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – There is a new reason to paint in Cape Girardeau.

To help Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship (MVTH), painters can donate $1 for each triangle they want to paint to help create a board.

Local artists Aaron Horrell and Barb Bailey created the design and are more than excited to help out.

“I think it’s great to be part of this, We’ve been doing this for seven years now,” explained Bailey. “This is probably our 10th Paint for Cause that we’ve done. So it’s enjoyable to meet people if you want to come paint and help raise money so that they can help the special-needs people who use their services.”

More than 8,000 people can participate in this fundraiser but what exactly are they raising money for?

It’s in support of horse therapy for children and adults living with disabilities.

“We strive to allow them an opportunity to see how horses can impact their lives,” said Varina Luttrull, Program Director with MVTH.

The painting is meant to bring the community together and the money raised goes toward basic needs for the therapy facility.

“Our general fund allows us a little bit more freedom with that money that helps us in essence keep the lights on,” continued Luttrell.

This funding helps create in an environment where participants get out of their shell and learn physical and cognitive skills.

“It is magical and it’s very endearing to be a part of that. To know that were impacting their life like that,” finished Luttrell.

The fundraiser is located at 620 Whitelaw Avenue in Cape Girardeau and will continue until the painting is finished.

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