Trail ride set for today

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 22, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &8212; Twin Rivers Riding Club and Pilot Club of Demopolis hosts a benefit trail ride for Project Lifesaver in Marengo County today on Old Highway 80 West at the Miller&8217;s Farm.

Pilot Lifesaver committee member Charlotte Owens said fellow Pilot Club members who are also members of the riding club organized the trail ride idea.

The ride will be by donation only, Owens said.

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Owens said the club has already raised $8,550, which has covered the cost for equipment and training.

Owens said the club is continuing to focus on fundraising the additional funds needed for the project.

She said the club is awaiting response from some city councils, clubs and organizations for the project and is hopeful more funds will come through.

Owens said as of Sept. 17, 1,575 clients of Project Lifesaver nation-wide were

reported lost and all clients were found because of the program. She said since Dec., 2005, there have been 21 searches in Alabama for clients, 17 of which were Alzheimer patients, one down syndrome patient, one autism patient, three dementia patients and one seizure and memory loss patient.

Owens said the club hopes donations from the trail ride will assist the club in reaching their needed goal.

She said the riding club has received interest from Marion to Meridian and they expect more than 50 riders to participate.

The Pilots Club will also host a bake sale before the trail ride.

Registration for the trail ride begins at 7:30 a.m., riding will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Riders should bring their own lunch. Primitive camping is available for anyone who wishes to stay over Saturday night; however, no open fires will be allowed at the campsite. Campers will need to checkout by noon Sunday. Riders are asked to keep all dogs on a leash at the camp. No dogs will be allowed on the trail.

Owens said training for Project Lifesaver is set for Oct. 22 and 23 at the Marengo County Sheriff&8217;s Department.

For additional information on the trail ride, contact David Compton at 334-289-6982 or Hope Grace 334-295-4268.