RDA wins supreme award

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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.

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