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Riding for the Disabled Association Griffith/Leeton Grant

On Monday 23rd May the Beyond Bank Foundation provided a $10,000 grant to Riding for the Disabled Griffith/Leeton [1] which will go towards replacing their Caretakers Cottage. Below we hear from Griffith-Leeton RDA Head Coach, Cherie Berton, about how the grant and further fundraising will assist the RDA.

Riding for the Disabled Association Australia [2] (RDAA) is a voluntary, non profit organisation which provides opportunities for anyone with a disability to enjoy safe, healthy stimulating, therapeutic, horse-related activities in Australia.

RDA enables people with disabilities throughout Australia to experience enjoyment, challenge and a sense of achievement through participation in equestrian activities, resulting in the development of life skills, improved quality of life and attainment of personal goals.

The Griffith Centre [1] was established in 1987 by Jess Horder who is still active as the President of the Griffith/Leeton branch. Whilst we are part of a national organisation, we receive no government funding and throughout the past 29 years have operated totally with donations and grants from local businesses and the generosity of the general public. We pay no salaries – lessons are run by trained coaches and volunteers who give their time freely at all levels, from teaching the riders, caring for the horses to fundraising and administration duties.

Riding for the Disabled Association [3]We maintain 14 horses which must meet strict criteria to be suitable for our special children – each year we must replace those who are no longer suitable for our special needs. Our service is free – we provide all equipment for around 60 students, including riding boots and helmets, plus special saddles according to the needs of each child.

Our coaches attend National Coaching Clinics each year to ensure their skills are maintained to the highest degree possible.

We are currently researching various options for the replacement of the caretaker cottage with a view to recruiting a new resident caretaker (or couple) who will carry out the daily duties of caring for our horses and grounds. As we are looking at spending in the vicinity of $70,000 this project will be a huge drain on our resources and we are most grateful for the extremely generous contribution from Beyond Bank [4].

To have the support and backing from Beyond Bank for this project means a great deal as it would be extremely difficult for us to operate our centre without a Caretaker to maintain our horses and grounds.

Beyond Bank will be launching a community fundraising appeal to help raise the additional funds required for the building project at RDA.  The total cost to replace the caretakers cottage is approx $70,000 so please help support RDA by making a donation to the appeal at one of our branches in Griffith or Leeton [5].

Read about the other $10,000 Grant that was provided to Kalinda School [6].