Donation to help fund a new pony

DONATION: Students, horses and volunteers from Riding for the Disabled with Steve Joyce, Anne Rogers and Lin Joyce.
DONATION: Students, horses and volunteers from Riding for the Disabled with Steve Joyce, Anne Rogers and Lin Joyce.

Riding for the Disabled Port Pirie have received a generous $850 donation from the Port Pirie Flying Group, which is hoped to fund a new pony

The money was raised by the pilots and passengers who fly into the Port Pirie Airport and purchase a drink or some food once they have landed.

Steve Joyce is the secretary of the Port Pirie flying Group but also manages the airport and explains that they have been donating money to charity for over 10 years.

"Last year we gave the money to the Cancer Council Greenhill Lodge, we have also done it for Make-a- Wish, each year we try and pick a different charity to give it to," Steve said.

The group which also participates in the annual Kidtober event had a 'magnificent response' from the Riding for the Disabled group.

"They are looking at buying a new horse, it gives you a bit of excitement when you get up there and see the kids who love it."

Committee member for Riding for the Disabled Anne Rogers says they were very excited and thankful to have received the donation.

"The money will help RDA purchase another pony when we amass enough suitable. We probably need another $2,000," she said.

The current therapy pony for the association is aged and can no longer provide for the riders who need the movement to support their physical skills.

"We really appreciate the support and the funds as keeping and caring for horses has become very expensive. We are also desperate for volunteers on Saturday mornings. If you can offer one hour from 9.15am to 10.15am please contact us."