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Bank gives thousands to Riding for the Disabled

RIDING for the Disabled's (RDA) Tweed Valley centre was the lucky recipient of an $8000 cheque from the Commonwealth Bank.

On Thursday the RDA's committee and some of its dedicated volunteers came to see the presentation.

Murwillumbah Commonwealth Bank manager Debbie Smith handed over the cash.

"It's actually come from the Commonwealth Community Fund," she said.

The money in the fund is donated from staff members pay cheques each fortnight.

"I was excited when I found out they (RDA) had been chosen," she said.

RDA needed to go through a nomination process which involved paperwork and a Commonwealth staff member to recommend them.

President and treasurer Penny Baldwin said the donation meant a lot to the club.

"It's absolutely wonderful and will make such a difference for our riders," she said.

"We can now take some of our riders to compete in walking, trotting and dressage competitions locally."

The organisation has 56 riders who are mostly of school age.

Mrs Baldwin hoped a few of the independent riders would now be able to compete in the local competitions to integrate with the local community more.

Last month the Tweed Heads Motorcycle Enthusiasts Club presented a $1000 cheque to the club.

Mrs Baldwin said she was more than grateful for the community's support.

RDA is always on the hunt for new volunteers who are able to make a commitment to the organisation which is entirely volunteer based.

Volunteer of more than 20 years Tony Compton said being autistic himself made volunteering all the more special.

He said it was rewarding to see the children enjoy riding the horses, especially when some children have said their first words on a horse.

Those interested in volunteering please contact Sylvia on 0419 437 217.

Topics:  bank commonwealth bank riding for the disabled



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