Generous donors from around the world have helped the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in
Rojales fundraise 12,000 euros to replace a key piece of machinery needed to run the
equine sanctuary.
When the centre’s ageing mini digger broke down completely last June, 68 year-old co-
founder Rod Weeding’s life became instantly more gruelling. Without the mini digger, Rod
was forced move large hay bales, pile up manure and dig knee-deep trenches, all by hand.
The hard work has been physically punishing – but not even this has stopped the Rojales
centre from being a sanctuary for 113 rescued equines which have now found a forever
home and are tended with love and care.
The non-profit centre, which receives no government funding, launched its campaign to
raise the money for a replacement second-hand mini digger last August. That effort was
immediately bolstered by a major donation from Elche’s Fundación Juan Perán – Pikolinos;
the first such grant the centre had ever received.
Easy Horse Care then dedicated its 2018 fundraising equine calendar to the campaign. The
calendar proved so popular it was reprinted three times, raising €3,000 for the mini digger.
Kind hearted people from Spain, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Denmark, Australia, Holland,
the United States and many other countries also donated to help purchase the much-
needed mini digger.
After eight long months of fundraising, Sue and Rod were astounded to this month receive a
surprise €2,000 donation from Germany’s Epona Foundation for Horse and Environment,
enough to finally hit the overall €12,000 fundraising target.
Said Epona founder Marlies Kamps: "I think it's important to support each other, to support
the people who help animals – especially those that sadly other people have messed up. Sue
and Rod are examples for how it should be."
Sue expressed gratitude to all who threw their support behind the campaign.
“The mini digger is the most important piece of equipment at our centre, and life has been
so much harder without it. We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us get enough
money together for a replacement,” Sue said.
“We wish to say thank you to all – to the elderly pensioner who visited our centre to
contribute €500, to the man who knocked on our door to donate €15 and apologise for not
being able to give more, to the volunteers who gave their time to design the beautiful
limited-edition 2018 calendar, to the students, parents, children and everyone who helped –
thank you!”
New right hand
The second-hand mini digger has now been ordered and will arrive at Easy Horse Care in
about a month. It will become Rod’s ‘right hand’, speeding up his work and proving
incredibly helpful for the many upcoming maintenance tasks required, such as building new
field shelters for the rescued horses, ponies and donkeys.
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre relies entirely on donations to fund its important animal
welfare work. Donations of cash or items for the centre’s network of six charity shops across
the Alicante province are gratefully welcomed. A pick-up service is available to collect large

donated items such as furniture and each shop also offers a delivery service for large items
purchased in-store.
Anyone interested in making a donation, becoming a long-term sponsor, or volunteering at
the rescue centre or in the charity shops can call Sue on 652 021 980.
Located just outside Rojales at Partido Lo Garriga, 59, the centre opens to the public on the
first Sunday of every month between 1pm and 4pm. For more details and directions,
visit www.easyhorsecare.net. For regular updates, follow @EasyHorseCare on Facebook.