RVA R.I.M.B.Y. raises money for people with disabilities

Right In My Backyard Festival returned to bring outdoor adventures to people with disabilities
Published: Jun. 4, 2023 at 6:26 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - On Sunday, the 5th annual RVA Right In My Backyard Festival returned after a year off due to rainy weather.

“So Covid we had a pause, then last year we didn’t have an indoor space, so it got rained out,” explained Alek Wiggins, the program coordinator at Beyoncé Boundaries.

The non-profit organization Beyond Boundaries puts together the RVA RIMBY event. The group allows people with disabilities, veterans, and recovering people to experience outdoor adventures they may not always get to do.

“It’s really important here in Richmond, we have lots of adventure for everyone, but it’s hard for everyone to access that, so we try to make it more accessible for different types of people that don’t normally get to experience the spaces that we all love so much,” said Wiggins.

The event was held at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. During that time, kids got to jump around on big inflatable canoes, play cornhole and get their faces painted while parents relaxed with a drink.

“It seems like people are really enjoying themselves. It’s really exciting, and I know a lot of people who get to work with us are happy to see us out here, and we get to see a lot of our participants out here who we see on a weekly, monthly basis,” Wiggins said.