RDA wins supreme award
Cambridge Riding for the Disabled has taken top honours at Waipa’s biggest annual celebration of volunteers, the Trustpower Community Awards.
Voluntary groups from around the region gathered with representatives from Trustpower, Waipa District Council and parliament at the Sir Don Rowland’s Centre on Lake Karapiro, to hear how two secondary school students and 13 groups are making an impact on their community. Trustpower Community Relations Representative Abbie Siely said Cambridge Riding for the Disabled stood out for the upgrades they had made to their facilities recently.
‘‘Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is one of Waipa, and New Zealand’s, best known and wellrespected community organisations. The work they do, day in day out, helping people with intellectual and physical disabilities develop confidence and esteem has earned them a place in the hearts of the community.
‘‘They bring pure joy and real therapy to people so deserving of compassion and empowerment,’’ she said.
Fifty volunteers contribute 480 hours each month to provide the service.