Charity fundraiser: 60,000 euros and a wooden horse to support children suffering from cancer

Successful charity event on Saturday evening at the Riders’ Reception of the Sportunion Reitclub Schloss Achleiten.

Elisabeth Max-Theurer, Stephanie Dearing und her daughter Hannah on the wooden horse of the Austrian Equestrian Federation. Photo (c) Michael Rzepa

Each year, the Max-Theurer family and their guests dedicated themselves to a good cause during the international 4-star dressage show. The auction of inseminations of studs from the stud farms Vorwerk (Capelln, Germany), Schockemöhle (Germany) and Frech (Upper Austria) was organized to raise money for St. Anna Kinderspital (St. Anna Children’s Hospital); in addition, the hospital will receive one of the wooden horses of one of the current projects of the Austrian Equestrian Federation (Österreichischer Pferdesportverband, OEPS), „Kinder zum Pferd“ (“Children on Horseback“).

All participants of the show had previously signed on the wooden horse. The wooden horses are enthusiastically appreciated in preschools. The signed wooden horse and a tool box with educational and child-friendly material and information on horses will be handed over to St. Anna’s Kinderspital together with the considerable donation sum.

Charly Preihs moderated the auction in a tried and tested manner and in fact his words not only opened the hearts, but also the wallets of the guests of the Riders’ Reception in Achleiten. The Sportunion Reitclub Schloss Achleiten was delighted with donations for St. Anna Kinderspital in the amount of 60,000 euros.

St. Anna Kinderspital is the competence center for childhood cancer research. Since 1985, donations have been collected in co-operation with affected parents in order to provide the financial basis for St. Anna Childhood Cancer Relief.

During these 30 years, St. Anna Kinderspital has achieved considerable success: intensive basic research has resulted in a cure rate of around 80% for leukemia. It is no surprise that St. Anna Childhood Cancer Research is internationally renowned and represented in all major international academic commissions.

Approximately 100 scientists and students are involved in ongoing projects of St. Anna Childhood Cancer Research.

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