ALTHOUGH the grounds are as dry as everywhere else right now, it has been raining donations at Riding for the Disabled (RDA) in Tamworth.
The non-profit group has received more than $20,000 in donations in recent weeks, including a whack of $11,000 just today.
RDA coach “and dogsbody” Peter Daley said it was “fantastic, the support we get”.
“You say ‘RDA’ and straight away it’s, ‘What do you need?’” he said.
Representatives of Tamworth Shoppingworld and the Commonwealth Bank dropped by with cheques this morning.
The shopping centre’s escalator water-feature donations have been earmarked for the RDA for the past several years, but marketing manager Donna Pollock said it was decided to make a special donation of $1000.
“Just with the drought we thought it could come in handy, whether it’s used on feed for the horses, on a water tank or whatever they’d like to do,” she said.
CBA West Tamworth branch manager Glenn Smallwood was there to hand over $10,000 – the second installment of a $20,000 donation.
He said the money had come through a national CBA Centenary Grants program, and he was “really chuffed” to be able to provide it.
“I think RDA does the world of good for the people participating and also the volunteers; it’s a great day out for everyone,” he said.
The first lot of the grant money has already been used on a footpath, shelter shed and wash bay for the carriage rides area of the RDA grounds on Marius St.
Tamworth group president Colin Rosewarne said the next expense would probably be replacing some of the wire fencing to make the grounds safer and more secure.
“Thanks to Shoppingworld, most of our feed bills are taken care of,” he said.