Locals Rally After Robbery

The community has come together to raise over $3,000 just a day after a Kelowna therapy farm was robbed.

Heather Henderson, founder of Arion Therapeatuic Farm was getting ready for their annual holiday fundraiser on Sunday, when she found the lock on their office door had been pried open.

About $400 was stolen, which to Henderson is a lot.

“We needed it… you know,” she said. “We’ve had a hard month, we’ve lost a few animals.”

“All the fees help our animals so it is very disappointing to find that, especially on the day we are trying to make money.”

A local company heard the news on Castanet and knew they had to do something.

“Everyone just rallied to see how we could help out,” said Matt Northey from Creative Roots Landscaping.

The company delivered a cheque for $1,500 to the farm on Monday morning.

“Hopefully that helps towards some of their losses and maybe gets them a little ahead this winter to help the horses out,” said Northey.

The farm is an educational and supportive site offering a variety of amenities and hands on farm activities to everyone.

Henderson said the community support has been amazing.

“A GoFundMe page raised us about $1,200 and just today we got this phone call from Creative Roots Landscaping,” she said. “$1,500 goes a long way, that is barrels of hay, that is half a month.

“It is very helpful, especially as we roll into Christmas.”

By Alanna Kelly – Reporter – Castanet News