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A new equipment shed funded by the Charitable Foundation has completed Riding for the Disabled Kendall's new home at the Showgrounds.

Thursday, August 3, 2017 

Riding for the Disabled Kendall has moved into a new home at the local Showground, with help from a $10,800 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.  

The Foundation grant funded the relocation of an equipment storage shed, allowing the club and its volunteers to maintain riding therapy, sport, recreation, training and safety programs at its new location. 

Having funded the original purchase and construction of the shed in 2010, the Charitable Foundation supported the relocation to ensure the club’s sustainability, Acting Chairman David Shanley said.

"RDA Kendall provides so many moments of joy for people living with disabilities, and we’re proud that as a member of the local community we can help volunteers continue to deliver its programs to those who need a little more support to enjoy the therapeutic and recreational benefits of horse riding," Mr Shanley says

The grant allowed RDA Kendall to build a new slab for the double-front shed and had the structure disassembled and rebuilt to house the club’s equipment, including their horse float and mowers, to run the disability programs from the new location.

We’re so grateful for the support that Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has provided throughout the years.

Riding for the Disabled Kendall President Elizabeth Wallace

Two men from Newcastle Permanent Building Society with a Riding for the Disabled volunteer at Kendall Showground.

RDA Kendall President, Elizabeth Wallace, said the Charitable Foundation’s support made the relocation possible. 

“We’re so grateful for the support that Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has provided throughout the years – we rely on the generosity of our community to cover the club’s operational and maintenance costs, which allow us to focus on providing liberating and uplifting experiences to people with disabilities,” Ms Wallace said. 

The Charitable Foundation distributes more than $1.5 million in grants to facilitate not-for-profit projects which address disadvantage in local communities throughout the Hunter, Central West, Central Coast, New England, Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers regions of NSW. Established in 2003, the Foundation has provided more than $15 million to date facilitating almost 400 initiatives.

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