Volunteer Greg Gurney with Leon Eldridge, of Ballina, under the new all-weather enclosure at the Ballina and District Riding for the Disabled base.
Volunteer Greg Gurney with Leon Eldridge, of Ballina, under the new all-weather enclosure at the Ballina and District Riding for the Disabled base. Marc Stapelberg

Grant keeps ‘magic’ alive for disabled riders at Booyong

THE blistering Northern Rivers' sun made riding almost impossible some days at the Ballina and District Riding for the Disabled 50m enclosure.

But thanks to a $44,000 grant from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, riders and trainers will be able to work in all weather conditions.

Ballina and District RDA president Beatrice Gray said the covering of the enclosure had made an incredible difference to the enjoyment of riders.

"It means we can operate regardless of the weather - rain, hail or shine," she said.

"We see some absolutely wonderful things - some of the children you put them on a horse and you see a different person.

"The smiles on their faces is absolutely magic."

The organisation fields 25 riders a week on nine horse at its Booyong base.

 

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation executive officer Graham Batten said the grant allowed for a large range of people to benefit from the donation as RDA supported people with a range of needs.

"The aim of the foundation's grants is to help the invaluable work of charitable groups and not-for-profit organisations to continue changing the lives of those most in need or disadvantaged in our local communities, and this project will do that with the everyday hard work of RDA Ballina's volunteers," Mr Batten said.

"I'm really proud that Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has contributed, even in a small way, to the amazing services that the volunteers at Ballina and District RDA provide to people of all ages living with disabilities."



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