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Riding for the Disabled back after COVID-19, help wanted

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Horses play an important role in the lives of those with a disability, whether it was one they were born with, or one they acquired.

It is through the care and generosity of the volunteers who run Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) that the opportunity to gain experience of being with, and riding, horses is provided.

Like many charities, the RDA Ballina and district, which is located on a farm near Teven, had to close during the COVID-19 crisis.

It will be re-opening on July 29 for both participants and volunteers.

‘The RDA has a herd of special horses that are trained to work with a range of differently abled people of all ages,’ said local RDA president Peta Best.

The COVID-19 crisis has left the RDA with a $15,000 shortfall in revenue this year. To help reduce the shortfall, a donated wine conditioner and expresso machine will be put up for auction, to help them raise much needed funds.

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‘Come along and volunteer,’ says Ms Best.

She says no experience is needed as there are many different jobs to get involved in, and always an opportunity to learn new skills.

To find out more, go to the RDA Ballina and District Facebook page and click on events, visit the RDA website or call 0498 040 022 or watch the videos below: 

 

 

 


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  1. Thank you Echo for being there to support local groups. RDA has had good feedback from the story you put out. People have called to volunteer and some offers have been made on kitchen items.
    Cheers Peta

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