Volunteers help disabled riders
IT brings joy to their hearts as they sit tall and proud in a saddle on a horse where they are supported by a team of volunteers to give them the great gift of happiness.
Warwick Lions president Ros Keim couldn’t look past this worthy cause and yesterday presented the Warwick Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) with a $500 cheque to help keep its volunteer program ahead.
“Just look at the kids – they are lovable kids and these people are doing something wonderful for them,” Mrs Keim said.
“They need horse feed, bridles and all the equipment needed to ride a horse. It’s important and we (Lions) wanted to support it.”
Special needs pupils from Warwick East State School attended riding lessons in term two and three and their teacher Jill Cumming said it was very important to their development.
“We have noticed a big improvement. They enjoy coming each week and we appreciate what the ladies do for us,” she said.
“It is a wonderful program and the kids really benefit from it.”
Warwick RDA assistant coach Andrea Hade said the lessons covered a lot of different aspects from physical movement to helping the children gain self confidence.
For RDA to run the program, it needs to get modifications for some saddles to suit the pupil’s different needs.
“It feels fantastic to get this donation,” said Mrs Hade.
“We can’t run without money – horses cost money.”
The lists goes on to keep the volunteer program going and the money recently donated by Lions will keep the association on track.
“We need money and volunteers to keep going,” she said.
The program started in Warwick 22 years ago by hard working volunteers and still continues to run strongly today, however, the association will always need help.
“They (the kids) just relate well to the horses – it helps them,” Mrs Hade said.
If any Rose City residents are interested in becoming a volunteer, then contact Warwick RDA 46613020.