RIDING INTO THE FUTURE

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VARIETY – the Children’s Charity of Tasmania has partnered with Riding for the Disabled Association Tasmania (RDA Tasmania) to create a new scholarship to support children under the age of 18 who are living with disability to participate in RDA Tasmania’s programs.

The programs offered by RDA Tasmania focus on the social experience of working with a horse.

RDA Tasmania executive officer Claudia Nevah said working with a horse provided therapeutic benefits for individuals, such as strengthening core stability, improving balance, improving posture and coordination.

“RDA operates its programs from two centres out of Glenorchy and St Helens during school terms,” she said.

“Our programs are run entirely by qualified volunteer coaches.

“Each of these coaches go through the RDA qualification process and become nationally accredited by Australian Sports Commission.”

Variety Tasmania chief executive officer Mohammad Aldergham said the scholarship would help fund a minimum of 250 riding sessions over the coming year.

“The Variety RDA Tasmania Scholarship will provide support funding for children with disabilities, who qualify for RDA programs, but are ineligible for NDIS funding through no fault of their own,” he said.

“Although Variety Tasmania offers Variety Heart Scholarships, the Variety RDA Tasmania Scholarship will form part of our new partnerships initiative.

“Variety Tasmania takes its mission of empowering children who fall through the gaps seriously and genuinely.

“Our goal is to reach more children effectively and sustainably through different channels, including working with other likeminded organisations dedicated to serving the same cohort of children we exist to support.

Mr Aldergham said the partnership with RDA Tasmania would form part of Variety Tasmania’s new partnerships initiative.

“Variety Tasmania takes its mission of empowering children who fall through the gaps seriously and genuinely,” he said.

“Our goal is to reach more children effectively and sustainably through different channels, including working with other likeminded organisations dedicated to serving the same cohort of children we exist to support. “

Variety – the Children’s Charity supports kids and families who are facing many challenges through sickness, disadvantage or living with disability.

They aim to catch Tasmanian kids who would otherwise fall through the gaps in the system.

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