Sawyers Valley: Riding for the Disabled Hills Group honoured by Shire of Mundaring

Volunteers are winners: Lily McDonald, Mia Whittaker, Ryan Kertesz, Jessica McEwen and Ashley Raccanello with their citizenship awards.
Volunteers are winners: Lily McDonald, Mia Whittaker, Ryan Kertesz, Jessica McEwen and Ashley Raccanello with their citizenship awards.

TEENAGE volunteers are winners at the Riding for the Disabled Hills Group in Sawyers Valley.

Shire of Mundaring presented the council’s Access Mundaring citizenship award to the group at a ceremony on Australia Day event.

Volunteer Ryan Kertesz (15) was one of the teenagers to be recognised by the community.

“As a volunteer, it is nice for our efforts to be acknowledged in this way and it is better still being part of such a great group at RDA Hills Group – the children, the horses and the volunteers,” he said

Riding for the Disabled Group President Rebekah Millard (25) said community-minded volunteers aged from 13 were encouraged to contact the group because more were needed to help.

“It’s an opportunity to meet new friends, spend time with horses and learn new skills,” she said.

Riding sessions are held after school on Mondays, Wednesdays and on Saturday mornings.

“Duties may include tacking and untacking horses for lessons, leading or walking alongside riders, assisting with mucking out yards, making up feeds and more horsey fun. No previous experience is required,” she said.

The group offers a free volunteer training program and the next session will run on February 17, February 24 and March 10 at the riding centre.

Coach Willie Warnock said volunteers from 13 to 80 supported the organisation.

“We need motivated volunteers of all ages to join our team and assist with the delivery of our programs.

“Volunteers will not only be doing something great for themselves, but for the wider community,” she said.

To find out more, call or message Lynn on 0439 420 781 or email hills@rdawa.org.au.

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