For the last 30 years, the Gympie and District Riding for the Disabled Association Inc. (RDA) has provided therapeutic horse-riding programs to improve the quality of life of its participants.
Just recently the community group was gifted $2,460 towards a new round yard, thanks to the Gympie and District Masonic Fundraising Committee, which represents the collective efforts of nine local Masonic Lodges, and the support of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.
Committee Secretary Ian Gordon said it’s important to be community-minded.
“Gympie’s RDA has our support because we want to see them continue their good work,” Ian said.
“Their programs not only provide enjoyment but help to improve a range of skills like balance, coordination and self-confidence amongst many others,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the committee’s intentions aligned with their philosophy of providing a hand up.
“At a grassroots level, we work with Masonic Lodges throughout the state, who identify areas of need within their local community,” Gary said.
“We’re are so pleased to help make a bigger impact for such a worthy local initiative,” he said.
Photo: President of the Gympie and District Masonic Fundraising Committee Wayne Smith with the President of the Riding for the Disabled (Gympie) Ian Groundwater.