“Like every charitable organisation, funding is an ongoing challenge,” says Tina. “Especially over the last couple of years.”
Last year the ANZ Staff Foundation gave the charity a grant for $1470 to help pay for health checks for the horses.
“We pride ourselves on looking after the horses’ wellbeing,” says Tina.
“The health checks help ensure that they are kept at optimal health to withstand all the rigours that some of our riders can place upon them. If any of our horses are suffering stress or disease we can identify the problem as soon as possible.”
The chair of the ANZ Staff Foundation, David Bricklebank, says “it’s inspiring to hear about riders like Maddy and Keni, and how they have benefitted from riding with Richmond RDA.”
“So we were pleased to be able to help with the heath checks for the horses. It’s crucial for the work they do.”
People can be referred to the organisation in several ways, including word of mouth or referral from a health, recreational or teaching professional. Riders can also apply directly.
Ali McKee is keen to encourage people to consider the benefits of riding.
“It’s been a fantastic experience for our girls. They’ve found somewhere they fit in, and it’s become their whole world.”
You can read more about Riding for the Disabled Richmond here, including information about volunteering or becoming a donor.
Since its inception in 2000, the ANZ New Zealand Staff Foundaton has distributed over $8 million in community grants to more than 920 charities and community projects nationwide.