$80,000 grant for Peel Riding for the Disabled

Community TAB has provided $80,000 for Riding for Disabled groups around WA, including the Baldivis-based Peel group.
Community TAB has provided $80,000 for Riding for Disabled groups around WA, including the Baldivis-based Peel group.

THE Baldivis-based Peel Riding for the Disabled group is among 19 centres around WA to receive $80,000 from Community TAB of Racing and Wagering to support the service.

RDAWA Executive Officer Kelly Mansfield said the ongoing partnership with Community TAB had been fundamental to the development of the organisation and goes much further than just the financial support.

“The funding provided by RWWA and Community TAB is exceptionally generous and the partnership greatly helps RDAWA and our centres with the ever increasing costs of caring for our horses and ponies,” Ms Mansfield said.

“The ongoing support of Community TAB allows our volunteers to focus their attention on the important role of providing a service to people with disabilities.”

“RDAWA are always in need of volunteers and the support of our programs and events by RWWA staff is just as valuable as the financial contribution.

“We are very grateful for the time and expertise they commit to assisting our organisation.”

RDAWA is a charitable organisation that combines the transformative power and the therapeutic effects of horse riding in the form of equestrian activities which provides neuromuscular stimulation similar to that of a human, promoting improved strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and confidence, as well as social inclusion.

RWWA Chief Executive Officer Richard Burt said the partnership with RDAWA and Community TAB was very close to the heart of RWWA.

“Community TAB recognises how important and unique the service RDAWA offers to the WA community is and is so proud to be an ongoing sponsor,” Mr Burt said.

“It costs a lot to maintain the welfare of all of the horses RDAWA has at their centres, and support the volunteers who are very dedicated and work tirelessly to ensure the experience is as beneficial as possible for every rider who attends.”

The Community TAB contribution will also support major RDA events such as the annual Awards which recognise riders, horses and volunteers, and the annual State Games.

This fourth year contribution results in a total contribution of $320,000 to the not-for-profit organisation from Community TAB.

There are 19 RDA centres around the State including, Albany, Denmark, Collie, Carine, Hills, Pinjarra, Peel, South West, Swan Valley, Mid-West, Mandurah and Oakford.

The association is utilising the horse’s birthday, August 1, to call for others within the community to join Community TAB in supporting RDAWA to care for their horses and ponies that help change so many people’s lives.

People are welcome to donate to the horse welfare fund at www.rdawa.org.au.

RDAWA has been helping adults and children with physical and intellectual disabilities develop their abilities and enrich their lives for over 43 years.