Bingo to help dis­abled rid­ers

Wait­ing list to join group

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Ali Kuchel [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

WHEN Shaun Fair­ley is around horses and his friends, there’s a twin­kle in his eye.

The 10-year-old is on the autism spec­trum, but it doesn’t change his love for rid­ing and mak­ing friends at the Lock­yer Val­ley Rid­ing for the Dis­abled club.

Shaun’s favourite horse is Thumper the Cly­des­dale, who is spon­sored by Lai­d­ley Li­ons Club.

“Thumper is my favourite be­cause he has big feet and moves quickly,” Shaun said.

There are 25 rid­ers en­rolled like Shaun, but for the first time the club has a wait­ing list for 2020.

Car­ing for the spe­cial horses that bring joy, learn­ing and phys­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion to the rid­ers isn’t cheap.

Shaun’s mum, Sh­eryn Fair­ley, who is also the LVRDA fundrais­ing co­or­di­na­tor, said the club had a list of planned events that would aid the growth of the vi­tal group.

“Our fundrais­ers help main­tain our horses’ well­be­ing and sup­ply our rid­ers with equip­ment such as hel­mets and uni­forms,” she said.

Our fund❝rais­ers help main­tain our horses’ well­be­ing and sup­ply our rid­ers with equip­ment such as hel­mets and uni­forms.

— Sh­eryn Fair­ley

“Fundrais­ing also helps with horse trans­port, fees and vet­eri­nary re­quire­ments.”

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of its themed bingo nights last year, the club is putting on a 1920s Gatsby Bingo night at Porters Plain­land Ho­tel on June 27.

And for bingo en­thu­si­asts who can’t make next month’s fundraiser, the LVRDA will host a sec­ond bingo night for the year at Cot­tones Bar and Restau­rant in Gatton.

Mrs Fair­ley said the money raised would help fence land used by the club, fund a ramp for the toi­let block, and buy a har­ness for horse and cart ac­tiv­i­ties.

She said the group’s wait­list in­cluded mem­bers who were not phys­i­cally able to ride horses but could still gain en­joy­ment from them.

“We were do­nated a cart this year and are hop­ing to have cart­ing lessons up and run­ning by 2020,” she said.

“This will al­low those who can’t phys­i­cally be on a horse to be in­volved.”

Adding to the fundraiser events are a trail ride from Esk to Too­goolawah next week­end and a bak­ery pie drive, kindly sup­ported by Kings Crust Bak­ery at Crow­ley Vale.

BINGO DE­TAILS

■ What: 1920s Gatsby Bingo Night fundraiser for Lock­yer Val­ley Rid­ing for the Dis­abled

■ Where: Porters Plain­land Ho­tel

■ When: Thursday, June 27, din­ner 6.30pm, bingo from 7pm.

Any­one want­ing to vol­un­teer, do­nate to the Lock­yer Val­ley Rid­ing for the Dis­abled or spon­sor one of the horses can do so by con­tact­ing the club at [email protected]

PHOTO: ALI KUCHEL

SOURCE OF JOY: Lock­yer Val­ley Rid­ing for Dis­abled fundrais­ing co­or­di­na­tor Sh­eryn Fair­ley, with her son Shaun and Thumper the horse, urges the com­mu­nity to get be­hind the group by sup­port­ing its up­com­ing fundrais­ers.

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