Nepean Riding for the Disabled Association's long wish list
NEPEAN Riding for the Disabled Association has a long wish list of things that need fixing.
For 27 years the RDA has been serving the community, offering horse riding to physically and intellectually disabled people.
Its facilities are tired, rundown and in dire need of a facelift.
The volunteers can only do so much. They spend a lot of their spare time tending to the horses and maintaining the Orchard Hills site.
They’re calling out to the public, businesses, residents and community organisations to lend them a hand.
And before anyone asks them to start fundraising, they do - they hold barbecues, charity golf days, bowling days and raffles throughout the year. But the $15,000 raised per annum feeds the horses and pays the bills.
“Add the dentist and farrier into the mix and things get expensive with nine horses,” president Marlene Maculskis said.
“When you see (riders) in their wheelchair and put them on a horse and see the expression on their face, all that hard work is worth it. But we just need some help.”
Bunnings Penrith has already answered the call, painting the office and canteen.
“This sort of help is huge for us,” secretary Anita Goddard said.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
* Volunteers are always needed at Nepean RDA to help with classes on Saturday mornings
* Financial and in-kind donations are welcomed by the non-profit organisation, which is run completely by volunteers
* Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 4721 8108
The problem areas
* Grandstand in the waiting area for riders needs more shelter from the elements
* Outdoor arena fence is riddled with white ants
* There are no proper gates on the outdoor arena
* Footpaths need to be level with the ground for better wheelchair access
* Indoor arena has had water leakage, which has severely damaged the internal walls
* An old railway bridge is no longer used on rides
* More picnic tables are needed so families can have lunch on their weekly visit