We are excited to announce that for the 2023 Swan River Half we hope to raise funds for Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Oakford.
Riding for the Disabled Oakford is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation based in Oakford, Western Australia that provides multi-diagnostic services to disabled children and adults in our community through horse riding activities.
It is a common fact that horse riding is a good source of exercise and the centre provides an excellent social network for all the participants boosting their confidence and self esteem through social activities within our centre.
Research has shown that 1 in 12 children in Australia are born with a disability and that 1 in 24 have a severe core activity limitation.
Of these children, 63% experience difficulty at school communicating and adapting in a social environment, which is why RDA is such an important aspect to their lives and wellbeing, both physically and socially. RDA Oakford is about helping those who suffer from a disability and who need recreational, physical or mental help. We help some forget the pain of a trauma, those who need extensive physio we give this to them in a fun hour of riding, those who are always in a wheelchair we give them the opportunity to look down on people instead of always having to look up.
Most of all, we are here to put a smile on the faces that haven’t had a lot to smile about, to encourage and help those who have to struggle with every step they take, and to be able to make a difference (even for a short time) in someone’s life.