Volunteers horsing around

COME AND TRY: RDA president Liz Trigg and coach Kylie Kotz, pictured with horse Candi, are inviting people interested in volunteering for the RDA to the come and try day next week.
COME AND TRY: RDA president Liz Trigg and coach Kylie Kotz, pictured with horse Candi, are inviting people interested in volunteering for the RDA to the come and try day next week.

The Port Lincoln Riding for Disabled Association (RDA) is inviting locals to bring together more volunteer people and ponies.

Port Lincoln RDA president Liz Trigg said the RDA offered the opportunity for children who had disabilities to communicate and join in a friendly environment with other people with disabilities.

“They have a special relationship with the horses that they ride,” she said.

“Some of the rewards we have with the children is amazing, there’s often tears of joy from reaction of a rider who has improved.

“It’s a really exciting side of being a volunteer,” she said.

Mrs Trigg said many of the students had learned to speak when riding the horses.

“For a lot of the children, their first words are ‘on the horse’.

“We’re out here purely for the love of young children, people with disabilities, and people who have a great affinity with the horses.

Mrs Trigg said there were a lot of jobs to be done at the RDA and people did not necessarily need to have experience with horses.

“People can help with fundraising, catering and cooking, with book work, computer work and entry of data,” she said.

We’re out here purely for the love of young children, people with disabilities, and people who have a great affinity with the horses.

RDA Port Lincoln president Liz Trigg

Mrs Trigg said the required data entry was becoming more important following the changing protocols of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“They keep changing the rules, so that’s been a continuing challenge.”

She said the not for profit organisation was also always looking for suitable horses at around 14 to 15 hands.

“They need to be very quiet, bomb proof horses that have been there done that,” she said.

The students that participate in the RDA program range in age from five to 18.

The Port Lincoln RDA will hold a come and try day on Tuesday, May 2 to help guide people into the areas of volunteer work that interest them.

“Keep an open mind and bring your sense of humour and be aware that it may take a little while to find your niche,” Mrs Trigg said.

It will be held onsite at 426 Proper Bay Road from 10am.

For more information call president Liz Trigg on 0427 824 398.

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