Community TAB of Racing and Wagering WA (RWWA) has committed another $80,000 to support the vital service Riding for the Disabled WA (RDAWA) provides to adults and children with physical and intellectual disabilities throughout Western Australia.
This fourth year contribution results in a total contribution of $320,000 to the not-for-profit organisation from Community TAB.
RDAWA is a charitable organisation that combines the transformative power and the therapeutic effects of horse riding in the form of equestrian activities which provides neuromuscular stimulation similar to that of a human, therefore promoting improved strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and confidence, as well as social inclusion.
There are 19 RDA centres around the State including, Albany, Denmark, Collie, Carine, Hills, Pinjarra, Peel, South West, Swan Valley, Mid-West, Mandurah and Oakford.
RDAWA Executive Officer Kelly Mansfield said the ongoing partnership with Community TAB has been fundamental to the development of the organisation and goes much further than just the financial support.
“The funding provided by RWWA and Community TAB is exceptionally generous and the partnership greatly helps RDAWA and our centres with the ever increasing costs of caring for our horses and ponies.”
“The ongoing support of Community TAB allows our volunteers to focus their attention on the important role of providing a service to people with disabilities.”
“RDAWA are always in need of volunteers and the support of our programs and events by RWWA staff is just as valuable as the financial contribution. We are very grateful for the time and expertise they commit to assisting our organisation.”
RWWA Chief Executive Officer Richard Burt said the partnership with RDAWA and Community TAB is very close to the heart of RWWA.
“Community TAB recognises how important and unique the service RDAWA offers to the WA community is and is so proud to be an ongoing sponsor,” Mr Burt said.
“It costs a lot to maintain the welfare of all of the horses RDAWA has at their centres, and support the volunteers who are very dedicated and work tirelessly to ensure the experience is as beneficial as possible for every rider who attends.
“Our staff at RWWA have grown to love RDAWA and have volunteered their time at RDA events over the past few years such as the RDA State Games.”
The Community TAB contribution will also support major RDA events such as the annual Awards which recognise riders, horses and volunteers, and the annual State Games.
The State Games provides an opportunity for RDAWA riders from all over to come together and compete in friendly mounted games competition, which demonstrates their abilities, achievements and skills whilst allowing them the opportunity to showcase these to their family and friends.
RDAWA are utilising the horse’s birthday, August 1, to call for others within the community to join Community TAB in supporting RDAWA to care for their horses and ponies that help change so many people’s lives. People are welcome to donate to the horse welfare fund at www.rdawa.org.au.
RDAWA has been helping adults and children with physical and intellectual disabilities develop their abilities and enrich their lives for over 43 years.