Lions work hand-in-hand to get all kids on horses

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Brunswick Lions Club member Murray Piggott and Dardanup Lions Club member Kerry Thomas have been working on a wheelchair access path at the Riding Develops Ability South West Centre.
Camera IconBrunswick Lions Club member Murray Piggott and Dardanup Lions Club member Kerry Thomas have been working on a wheelchair access path at the Riding Develops Ability South West Centre. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

Members from the Brunswick and Dardanup Lions clubs have been hard at work installing a wheelchair access path at the Riding Develops Ability South West Centre.

The new blue metal path will allow riders in wheelchairs to have better access to the horses kept in the stables at the club.

Dardanup Lions Club member Kerry Thomas said the two clubs had been involved with Riding Develops Ability for as long as he could remember.

“When we heard the club wanted this path, we put our hand up to do the work,” Mr Thomas said.

“I came here, measured it up, found out what we needed and went back to my club and suggested we work together with the Brunswick club on the project.

“Riding for the disabled looks after mentally and physically handicapped kids and that’s what makes the world go around.

“The two clubs have been involved here for about 35 years and have done various things for them over those years, the RDA members basically just need to come to us and ask and we will do it for them.”

With more than 60 members from coaches to adminstaff, volunteers are the backbone of the South West RDA.

Former RDA president Bridget Green said without the support from the two Lions clubs, the RDA could not survive.

“Our volunteers are amazing people and this new path is one of the many things the Lions club members have helped us out with,” she said.

“We are so thankful for their help and many others, without it we wouldn’t be here.”

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