A VOLUNTEER group dedicated to helping disabled children and adults by offering horse riding lessons has been given a financial boost thanks to the fundraising efforts of two local organisations.
Yesterday, Elders Real Estate Coolangatta and the Uki Sporting Horse Club donated funds to Tweed Valley Riding for the Disabled, which has been helping disabled people gain confidence, balance and fitness while having fun for 20 years.
They each handed over cheques to Riding for Disabled representatives yesterday afternoon at the Stokers Siding property of Leanne and Joel Dunn, which is used for the riding lessons.
A delighted treasurer Mildred Hall said the Elders real estate agency had donated money for “each closure they have” and was typical of a range of businesses and groups that from time to time handed over much-needed funds.
“They raised about $1600 towards helmets and other things we need,” Mrs Hall said.
The Uki Sporting Horse Club handed over $500, also towards the association's needs.
“Tweed Valley Riding for the Disabled has been going for 20 years - it will be 21 years next year - and we have about 40 children and adults we help,” said Mrs Hall.
“It's extremely good for the disabled children with the rhythm of the horse, for their balance and their co-ordination.”