Mudgee RDA to get permanent home

Mudgee Riding for the Disabled Association will soon have more permanent facilities following the pledging of $15,000 as seeding funds by Wilpinjong.

At Riding for the Disabled Mudgee’s Ride-Ability fundraiser on Saturday night it was anounced that Wilpinjong has pledged $15,000 towards new facilities for the organisation. 

RDA Mudgee secretary, Diane Burnicle, “I cannot express how much we appreciate all the help Peabody has given”. Adding that they also received a personalised marquee for the interim and assistance getting their riders to the night.

“Mudgee RDA are elated with the support provided by Peabody and the community of Mudgee, it’s our dream to be able to provide our clients and support volunteers with permanent and comfortable facilities here at the showground,” she said.

THANK YOU: Kieren Bennetts (Wilpinjong), Tracy Lucas (RDA), Lloyd Coleman (Wilpinjong), and Diane Burnicle (RDA). Photo by Simone Kurtz

THANK YOU: Kieren Bennetts (Wilpinjong), Tracy Lucas (RDA), Lloyd Coleman (Wilpinjong), and Diane Burnicle (RDA). Photo by Simone Kurtz

“Such facilities would provide the Mudgee RDA the ability to not only better cater for the needs of our clients with some basic hospitality but also improve the comfort for careers and volunteers by allowing a place to meet out of the weather, it would enable RDA to secure our equipment onsite – making the whole operation much more efficient.

“The $15,000 pledged by Peabody will go a long way with helping the Mudgee RDA to realise this dream. But prior to the Ride-Ability-Fundraiser on the night we were presented with our own 6x4m personalised marquee and Peabody donated $700 for event tickets so our disabled riders could participate in this night.”

Wipinjong general manager, Blair Jackson, said the mine was proud to support local not- for-profits like RDA.

“We’ve been working with RDA for a while now and my team have been amazed at how much great work the organisation does with so few resources,” he said.

GOT IT COVERED: Judy and Matthew Lynch, pictured in front of the relocatable marquee which was brought to the night. Photo by Simone Kurtz

GOT IT COVERED: Judy and Matthew Lynch, pictured in front of the relocatable marquee which was brought to the night. Photo by Simone Kurtz

“It’s really heartening to donate to RDA, whose members work so hard to enrich the lives of people with disabilities in our community. 

“To assist we are providing a relocatable marquee for the interim and the $15,000 we have pledged will kick start the funding requirements to construct the permanent facilities.”

Since 2012, RDA has provided equestrian activities for children and adults with disabilities in Mudgee. It’s funded by donations and is run by trained volunteers.