Sometimes we, as a society, underestimate young people. And sometimes, they surprise us and make us rethink what they are capable of. Abi Reilley, 10, of Nuangola has just completed her latest round of fundraising for Marley’s Mission; a non-profit organization that provides equine-based therapy free of charge to children, and their families, who have experienced trauma.
It was just over a year ago when Abi’s mom, Darlene came home from work to find Abi in the kitchen, experimenting with a healthy treat recipe she had learned about in class. Her mom had just heard an ad on the radio for Marley’s Mission and, since Abi had just started taking horseback riding lessons, her mom thought she’d be interested to learn more about it. Abi immediately sought to learn more about it and the next thing her mom knew, Abi was selling the treats to her friends, her brother and her brothers’ friends -and then Darlene was selling them at work.
According to Tara Iota of Marley’s Mission, Abi reached out to volunteer at Marley’s Mission stating she loved animals, was taking riding lessons, and was good with kids. Iota, unfortunately had to break the news to Abi that she was a few years shy of the minimum age requirement to volunteer at Marley’s Mission. Undeterred, Abi decided she could help by raising money.
“This has been all Abigail,” says her mom, Darlene. “She’s always
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