Lot­tery­west grant will buy trac­tor

BIG BOOST FOR RID­ING GROUP

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Gabrielle Jef­fery

TOY trac­tors are lots of fun but the real thing is even bet­ter, es­pe­cially when it is given to help the com­mu­nity.

Peel Rid­ing for the Dis­abled has re­ceived a $43,000 Lot­tery­West grant for the pur­chase of a trac­tor, four-wheel-drive ve­hi­cle and other equip­ment.

The ve­hi­cles and equip­ment will help with the man­age­ment of their new home at Mead Farm, Leda, along with the ev­ery­day care needed for their horses.

Peel RDA Mead Farm co-or­di­na­tor Kristin Hosken said it was an ex­cit­ing time for the group.

“Mead Farm (Leal­holme), one of the orig­i­nal East Rock­ing­ham set­tle­ment prop­er­ties, is now be­ing rein­vig­o­rated as home to our rid­ing and car­riage pro­grams as well as to the horses which make these pro­grams pos­si­ble,” she said.

“In the past, Peel RDA has had to em­ploy con­trac­tors or hire ve­hi­cles for volunteer use in order to progress work on restora­tion of the prop­erty. “It’s been a costly ex­er­cise. “The trac­tor and tools pro­vided by the Lot­tery­west Grant will al­low vol­un­teers to carry out reg­u­lar horse keep­ing and prop­erty main­te­nance tasks such as slash­ing, cre­at­ing fire­breaks, mov­ing hay, build­ing fences and manag­ing ma­nure.

“Peel RDA is most grate­ful to Lot­tery­west and all those who par­tic­i­pate in the games which raise funds for projects like ours and ben­e­fit WA volunteer or­gan­i­sa­tions and d483574 the com­mu­nity we serve.”

Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby of­fi­cially handed over the grant on be­half of Lot­tery­west.

“This much-needed fund­ing will as­sist Peel RDA in car­ing for their horses and cre­at­ing fire­breaks on their farm site in Leda, en­sur­ing they can keep de­liv­er­ing their pro­gram to lo­cal dis­abled adults and chil­dren in a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

“As lo­cal Mem­ber of Parliament I am proud to sup­port the vi­tal work Rid­ing for the Dis­abled does with lo­cal kids and adults with special needs.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Vol­un­teers Don Miller and Ezra Hill, MLA Reece Whitby and farm co-or­di­na­tor Kristin Hosken.

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