Saddling-up with RDA Ryde

It’s not often we get to work with an organisation that make us whinny! RDA Ryde is a not-for-profit that creates hot-to-trot therapeutic riding programs for children and adults with disabilities.

Located in Sydney, RDA Ryde creates therapeutic riding programs for children and adults with disabilities. These engaging programs help to develop and enhance the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial functioning of each rider.

RDA Ryde is run entirely by volunteers who take care of everything from horse coaching to garden maintenance, and each volunteer plays an important role in making sure there are no hurdles. We were lucky enough to help these volunteers, with our team from Macquarie supporting the group through our Local Matters program.

Warren Smith Community Engagement volunteer for RDA Ryde said “Having the support of local businesses like Grill’d sends a strong message to our RDA volunteers that they are not alone and have the backing of our community to keep going even in the difficult times”

“Having the assistance of Grill’d helps feed our hungry horses in Marsfield, Sydney so children with disabilities can continue to receive horse riding therapy to help them physically, emotionally and educationally” Warren said.

“We are totally run by unpaid volunteers and all donations go to our programs. We have children with disabilities coming from several schools plus several other independent riders and now back operating Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday making a huge positive difference in the lives of people” he said.

Recently Macquarie Restaurant Manager Shavar Kanniappen and Assistant Manager Kaitlin Forster meet Warren Smith and two of the RDA Ryde horse used in the program.

We’re excited to see how our Local Matters program can continue to support RDA Ryde.

Are you part of a local community group, or do you know a group we should get behind?