Generous donation to assist Cowra Riding for the Disabled into the future

Members of the Cowra Men's Shed with representatives from Cowra Riding for the Disabled.
Members of the Cowra Men's Shed with representatives from Cowra Riding for the Disabled.

With some big plans in the pipeline, Cowra Riding for the Disabled (RDA) it set to benefit from a generous donation courtesy of Cowra Men's Shed.

Members of the Men's Shed met on Tuesday where a cheque for $1000 was presented to RDA.

Cowra RDA President, David Hawkins said the money would go towards operational costs.

To assist with fundraising, the RDA have established two secondhand stores run by volunteers.

"It's going to make a tremendous difference. We are madly running the two shops to try and raise funds," Mr Hawkins said.

"We've got lots and lots of expenses with horses... they're not the easiest thing in the world to keep and, ok it's a pretty good time at the moment with feed because we've had a bumper crop but that's not always the case.

"I think we've got a pool of about 14 horses now and if you have to feed all of them because there's no pasture, that's also substantial.

"While there's good feed around we are trying to bank everything we can for the leaner times.

"It works out at about $1000 a horse per year if they don't get sick."

The group is now hoping to erect a covered arena and install a disabled toilet.

"We're a bit short with site costs and things like that to make it an arena and on days like today, where it's pouring, we wouldn't be able to operate, which means we would have to cancel with the kids," Mr Hawkins said.

"It's really, really important that we get that up.

"The trust are looking for more grants and things like that to help, we've got the steel ordered and paid for and as soon as we can get a plumber, we will have a disabled toilet."

Cowra Men's Shed member, John Crowe said the group raised money through the selling of pallets and handmade antiques and toys.

"It's been a lot of hard work," he said.

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