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Feilding woman mucks in to support Special Olympics



Yesterday was no ordinary day for Manawatu’s Arianna Ashworth. She traded her office job for the morning to join volunteers from across the district supporting the Special Olympics New Zealand National Summer Games.

The Games, being held across 10 venues in Wellington and Manawatu this week, are supported by more than 600 volunteers like Ms Ashworth. She has been supporting the equestrian competition taking place at Manfeild Park in Feilding this week.

“It was really nice to be able to give back and be involved. It’s something I haven’t done before and I was keen to help out and find out more about the Special Olympics and what it means to the athletes and their families.”

Ms Ashworth is a rural consultant with FMG Insurance, which has helped out with 63 employees volunteering and is also the principal partner for the equestrian competition. The insurer provides its staff with an annual ‘give back day’ to use to support the community and Ms Ashworth decided to use hers in support of Special Olympics New Zealand.

“My young daughter is a keen horse rider and I like horses so the equine side of things was quite appealing,” she said.

Her role at Manfeild was in the stables, mucking out, grooming the horses and walking them to the outdoor arena to assist some of the 39 Special Olympics equestrians competing at the event.

Read the full press release.

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