Riding to a richer, happier life.
You can help us transform the lives and capabilities of children and adults in WA living with disabilities and mental health issues.
With the end of the financial year fast approaching we are sharing stories that show how horse riding changes everything for children and adults living with disabilities. From improving physical and emotional health, to nurturing confidence, life skills and independence, the therapeutic benefits are life changing.
When Cameron was born in 1995, he was in perfect health, but then, only five months later, he contracted pneumococcal meningitis. The resulting brain damage left him with dyspraxia (loss of fine and gross motor
co-ordination) and a severe loss of muscle strength, as well as epilepsy.
At two-and-a-half years of age, unable to walk despite undergoing regular conventional and alternative therapies, Cameron came to RDA Capricorn where he sat on a horse for the first time. With no core strength to speak of, it took five people to assist him and keep him safe that first time, but after just six months attending RDA his muscle tone and motor skills had improved markedly – so much so that he was able to stand and walk independently at his third birthday party.
Since then, Cameron has been a regular at RDA, and while he will never be able to lead a ‘normal’ independent life – he has similar needs to those of a toddler – his sessions here have transformed his physical and emotional wellbeing. Today, at the age of 22 and surrounded by his extended RDA family, Cameron has progressed to carriage driving, giving him a degree of freedom and independence that his family thought may never be possible.
“RDA changed Cameron’s life. The love, care and endless hours of assistance from countless people over the last 20 years can never be repaid. But Cameron’s laughter echoing out across the paddock, along with his hugs and enormous smiles, are Cameron’s way of letting everyone know how deeply grateful he is for their help and RDA’s incredible program.”
Jane Danzi, Cameron’s mum
Yes, I’d like to help others benefit from RDA’s work
While horse riding is widely regarded as an invaluable therapy, providing a host of therapeutic benefits for children and adults living with disabilities, keeping horses is expensive. We wouldn’t be able to do everything we do without the generous support of our donors and volunteers.
Please help us help more families in WA living with disabilities.
The difference your donation makes
Funding from the NDIS goes some way to enabling our centres to help children and families living with disabilities, but we still rely on donations. Here’s how your donation will make a difference:
• $25 provides one hour of training for a horse riding coach to support people with disabilities.
• $50 gives one free riding session to a child or adult living with a disability (who is unable to claim financial support from the NDIS).
• $100 feeds one of our specially chosen and trained horses for a fortnight.
• $500 gives a whole term of riding sessions to a child or adult living with a disability.
• $2,600 sponsors one of our specially chosen and trained horses for a year.
• $6,000 provides one year of training and development for a horse riding coach to support children and adults living with disabilities.