Volunteers wrap presents for a gold coin donation to raise funds for the Riding for the Disabled Association. Joanne Kronk (from left), Sam Larwood, Carolyn Kennedy and Sharon Firth.
Volunteers wrap presents for a gold coin donation to raise funds for the Riding for the Disabled Association. Joanne Kronk (from left), Sam Larwood, Carolyn Kennedy and Sharon Firth. Daniel Tweed

RDA volunteers wrap up Christmas

IF YOU are struggling to find time to wrap all those Christmas presents piling up in Santa’s sack and you’re likely to end up with more bows and ribbons on the chopping floor than on gifts, why not take advantage of the Fraser Coast’s very own festive helpers?

The volunteers from Riding for the Disabled are at it again, wrapping big, small and odd-shaped pressies for a gold coin donation at Hervey Bay’s Centro complex.

Volunteer of eight years Joanne Kronk said the team would be based outside Target at the Pialba shopping centre until stores close on Christmas Eve.

All money raised, she said, would go into looking after the Dundowran-based charity’s seven horses.

Ms Kronk said it cost about $1000 a month to care for “exceptionally expensive” feed for the horses along with the costs of a horse trimmer and veterinarian visit once a month.

“The main aim is to give children with a disability a quality activity on a Saturday morning. It enhances their muscle strength and skills,” Ms Kronk said.

Riding for the Disabled was established in 1992 and from March to December volunteers take children of varying abilities on trail rides on Saturdays.

Ms Kronk said the group did not receive any grants and relied solely on community donations.

At the weekend’s Carols by Candlelight the Hervey Bay Historical Society donated $2400; however much more is needed.

“We have to be here to get every cent we can get,” Ms Kronk said.

The volunteers will spend a total of 13 days wrapping presents including a 12-hour shift on Christmas Eve. They are also running a raffle which will be drawn on Christmas Eve.

“It is the most fantastic thing to see these kids achieving something to be able to ride.”



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