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Rowan House Society

Winning Bid: $1,000.00

The community of Rowan House Emergency Shelter is thrilled to be involved in the Horses Jump to Give a Leg Up program.  Once the good news that Rowan House would be responsible for designing one of the horses was received the Rowan House Team began to get creative.  Ideas were pooled and a meeting was held to decide on a concept.  The ideas brought forth were quite cohesive and consensus was reached easily.

The main colour would be purple which is the international colour of Domestic Violence Awareness and Rowan House’s signature colour.  It was also quickly agreed that The Rowan Tree would be featured.  Rowan House is named for the Rowan Tree (commonly known as the Mountain Ash Tree).  The qualities attributed to this tree are peace, sanctuary, privacy and beauty.  The berries retained  through the winter, reflect the endurance of life through the dark of the year.  According to folklore the tree provides protection for the dwelling by which it grew.  The roots, trunk, branches, leaves and berries are the foundation of the Leg Up horse’s design.  Added to the motif are butterflies reflecting hope, healing and transition.  The horse is also branded with the symbol for gratitude, each day starts with a circle of gratitude and is a daily part of life at Rowan House for residents and staff.  The dream catcher is rich in symbolism.  The circle represents wholeness and connection.  The dream catcher can also be a medicine wheel with four colours; black, white, yellow and red.  These four colours are significant in reflecting the life cycle, birth/infancy, youth, adult and elder/death.  They also stand for the elements of fire; water, wind and earth, the seasons; autumn, winter, spring and summer,  the directions; north, east, south and west, being; body, mind, heart and spirit.  The dream catcher is said to filter good ideas and dreams while trapping bad dreams and ideas which are dispersed with the first rays of the sun in the morning.  The horse was to be painted in a simple and elegant manner, young staff member and artist Brook (high school student) took on the lead for this project completing most of the painting herself with staff and community members pitching in where appropriate. The Rowan House community is excited to have the ongoing opportunity to raise public awareness for the prevention of domestic violence with this very identifiable symbol.  The horse of course is an important part of the history and culture of the Foothills region.


Auction Rules:
All bidding is in Canadian Dollars. Minimum Bid is $500.00 CAD.
Depending on billing/shipping location, additional shipping charges may apply.
Bidding will close on Friday, September 11th at 11:59pm Mountain Time.
Your bid is made completely anonymous online.

When you place a bid, you are committing to purchase. In order to ensure the stated goals, ultimate success and the integrity of the Horses Jump to Give a Leg Up initiative (the program) for both the potential buyers (bidders) and the individual charities participating, once auction bids for any individual horse reach and surpass $2,500 Spruce Meadows, on behalf of the program, reserves the right to contact the respective bidders to confirm credibility, intention and ability to pay the amount currently bid and leading the auction. This may include credit card confirmation or certified banking arrangements. Successful/winning bids are deemed binding.  We will contact the winning bidder after Friday, September 11th for payment details.

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Product Description

Rowan-HouseThe mission at the Rowan House Emergency Shelter is to provide crisis intervention, long-term support and education for those affected by family violence in rural communities. Rowan House provides a spectrum of services including in-house shelter services, outreach, education, prevention, child support, outreach programming, and more. Branches Preventative Education provides school presentations focusing on prevention and resilience as well as community Healthy Relationship Groups and public awareness. The child support program at Rowan House offers specialized programming for children and moms focusing on children who have witnessed violence. These services are available to in-house shelter clients as well as outreach clients. All services operate from a trauma-informed perspective built on the core values of safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness, and empowerment.


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