Mus­cle power for RDA

Rid­ing for Dis­abled volunteers wel­come do­na­tion and spon­sor­ship of new horse

The Gympie Times - - LIFE -

GYMPIE’S Rid­ing for the Dis­abled has added a bit of “mus­cle” to its team.

Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the McCowen fam­ily from Eureka Graz­ing Com­pany, RDA rid­ers and volunteers have wel­comed a new horse named Mus­cles.

“Mus­cles was kindly do­nated to us by the McCowan fam­ily and they have also given us the funds to spon­sor Mus­cles, which will help pro­vide for his equine needs,” an RDA Gympie spokes­woman said.

Rid­ing for the Dis­abled is a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which pro­vides horse rid­ing and horse re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties for peo­ple in the com­mu­nity with a dis­abil­ity.

As well as its rid­ing pro­gram, RDA Gympie also has a car­riage driv­ing pro­gram for clients.

Rid­ing and driv­ing are fun ac­tiv­i­ties which have many phys­i­cal, so­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal ben­e­fits for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

RDA Gympie has been op­er­at­ing from its cur­rent lo­ca­tion, at the corner of Mary Val­ley and Law­son Roads, Long Flat, for more than 25 years af­ter op­er­at­ing for some years on a pri­vate prop­erty.

“We are al­ways on the look out for more horses that fit our cri­te­ria,” the spokes­woman said.

“If you have a horse that you think might be suit­able, or you wish to make a do­na­tion, or sign up as a spon­sor, please con­tact Robin be­tween 6pm and 8pm on 5484 3290.

“We also wel­come new volunteers so if you would like do­nate some time to help us, we op­er­ate on Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Satur­day morn­ings – please feel free to join us.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GEN­ER­OUS GES­TURE: Marc and Susie McCowan from Eureka Graz­ing Com­pany with Mus­cles, the horse they've do­nated to RDA Gympie.

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