Jenny Hale commenced volunteering with Riding for the Disabled Association WA, now trading as HorsePower Australia in 1990, firstly as a volunteer at Brigadoon then Hills and then, for several years, at both centres, eventually moving across to Swan Valley. Jenny has never needed to ‘find thirty’ as she has clocked up thousands of kilometres, side walking and horse leading.
In addition to volunteering in sessions: Jenny has looked after several horses on her family property in Millendon, floating them back and forth to sessions. She also floated other Swan Valley horses from their agistment homes to and from their ‘St Leonard’s’ grounds, enabling riding and vaulting sessions to be run and riders to attend special events such as the State Dressage Champs and State Games.
Jenny has been a committee member and Council Representative of the Swan Valley committee for close to 2 decades, only resigning as a volunteer and committee member in early 2020. Thankfully, she signed up as a volunteer once more in July 2020 to help at the Thursday hippotherapy sessions run from ‘St Leonard’s’. Jenny floats the hippotherapy ponies and horses to and from the centre each week, to enable the hippotherapy sessions to run and assists with side-walking and the paperwork side of things.
Jenny’s also held positions on the HorsePower State Executive, the most recent one being Honorary Secretary. and has stepping in on many occassions to assist at the state office when needed.
For more than a decade, Jenny has volunteered with Movies by Burswood, now known as Telethon Community Cinemas, and was appointed Secretary to Movies by Burswood Inc. Since then she has managed to keep this fundraiser in HorsePower circles with HorsePower Swan Valley a main Charity Partner, ensuring donations to HorsePower Hills, Dressage and Brigadoon.
Jenny and her extended family have attended movie venue ‘bump’ ins and outs; provided the horse for Burswood Carols by Candlelight fundraisers and they store the film equipment during the ‘off season’ on their property. Jenny continues to volunteer several times a week throughout the movie season, as Night Manager. Initially this meant she didn’t get home sometimes until 2am in the morning some nights – and then there were the midnight showings and the ‘all nighters’.
Thanks to Jenny, some one and a half million dollars has been donated over the years to HorsePower Australia/ HorsePower Swan Valley and other centres.
Jenny is often the first volunteer to arrive and the last to leave and no job is too small or menial. She is one of the first people to put up their hand to help and she shows a special empathy with clients and is much loved by them and their families. HorsePower Australia was particularly fortunate the day that Jenny Hale signed up as a volunteer.