Horse therapy a winner of $10k grant

A NOT-FOR-PROFIT organisation has received a much-deserved grant from the Commonwealth Bank for the inspiring work it is doing in the local community.

The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) of Tasmania, which provides horse riding programs for people with disabilities, was recently awarded a $10,000 Centenary Grant.

The grant will be used to repair infrastructure such as fencing, gates and stalls to ensure the safety of horses, riders and volunteers.

Coach and rider coordinator Lois Evans said she was “absolutely ecstatic” to have received the donation.

“We were all shocked at first, then we were absolutely wrapt because we could see the potential for what we could finally get around to fixing,” she said.

“The fences have been around for 24 years with only the occasional touch up.”

The improved paddocks and horse equipment are needed to increase access for more participants who come to ride for enjoyment, attain personal goals or to develop life skills.

Commonwealth Bank Moonah branch manager Daniel Bahr said the charity stood out for the team.

“We identified and understood what organisations like this do for the community, and the RDA give people a go that wouldn’t normally get that opportunity,” he said.

“I’m very proud to have had a say as to where the money goes.”

Commonwealth Bank has donated $10 million to the CommBank Foundation for the Centenary Grants, with 1000 Centenary Grants valued at $10,000 being distributed.

RDA Tasmania provides equine activities which offer opportunities for anyone with a disability to enjoy safe, healthy, stimulating and therapeutic horse-related activities.

Horse riding is a natural reflex inhibiting position which helps improve balance and posture, providing a unique form of exercise and rehabilitation.

There are four centres throughout Tasmania that provide suitable horses, trained volunteer helpers, accredited RDA coaches, and riding and safety equipment to run a range of equestrian activities.

RDA Tasmania is seeking volunteers to help people with disabilities to enjoy equestrian activities.

No experience is necessary as full training is provided by all RDA centres.

For more information, phone 0429 943 247 or visit www.rdatas.org.au.

Caption: Commonwealth Bank Moonah branch manager Daniel Bahr, far right, with volunteers from the Riding for the Disabled Association of Tasmania.