If you’re holidaying in Des Moines this Easter and you’re looking for something to entertain you on Easter Saturday, you might like to take a trip down to Camp Sunnyside for Pony Express Ride Day. This is a big day in the Easter Seals’ fundraising calendar and all are welcome to join in the fun.
The Easter Seals work tirelessly to provide help and funding for people with disabilities and their families. Pony Express Ride Day sees the Pony Express Riders of Iowa arrive in camp bringing with them more vital dollars for the Easter Seals. Over their 47 year history, the Riders have raised over $9.4 million for Iowa Camp Sunnyside and this year over 300 riders on horses and mules are expected.
Pony Express Riders of Iowa are volunteers who work to raise funds every year. These dedicated and selfless men, women and children receive no compensation for the time and effort that they devote to this good cause. Just the knowledge that they’ve helped others and made a real difference in people’s lives is reward enough for them. The ride makes quite a spectacle as it progresses right across Iowa from county to county, not carrying mail but collecting money to help adults and children with disabilities.
Regional rides begin all across the state on Good Friday, culminating in a mass-convergence of Riders in Des Moines. It’s really quite a sight as everyone gets together for the main group ride into Camp Sunnyside. The event is rounded off on Saturday night with a Victory dance when the year’s grand total is announced.
Where and when
The Riders will be arriving at Camp Sunnyside, 401 NE 66th Avenue, Des Moines at 3:00pm on Saturday April 4th. The Victory dance commences at 8:00pm, tickets $2 in advance or $5 on the door. Full details can be obtained from the Pony Express Riders of Iowa website.
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