Federated Farmers (and some hungry horses!) thank those farmers who have supported the Riding for the Disabled ‘Haystack Challenge’.
As described in the last FedsNews, Federated Farmers has teamed up with the national organisation that provides interaction with horses for children and adults with physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges. The 50 RDA groups around New Zealand witness huge boosts in the confidence, independence and self-esteem of participants.
The Haystack Challenge is about donations of bales of hay (or money to buy hay) to feed RDA’s more than 440 horses. As at May 10, the bale tally was 260.
In the course of our campaign, we’ve come across a couple who go above and beyond for their local Riding for Disabled branch. Federated Farmers members Tim and Jane Greenhough give 400-600 small bales of hay to the Motueka RDA every year. They’ve been doing it for so long, they can’t remember when they started – but it was at least 30 years ago.
The sheep and beef farmers, who also used to run a contracting business, really appreciate the work Riding for Disabled do, and also that every bit of their donation goes to the cause and isn’t swallowed up in the administration fees and commissions.
“It’s not a large cost to us, but it’s a huge saving to RDA,” Tim said.
“So often you donate cash to a cause and it just disappears into a bottomless pit after the fundraiser has taken their cut.”
In the last couple of years, the Greenhough’s bale donations have become a bit of a community cause, with neighbours pitching in, and members of the Huia Rugby Club helping pick it up out of the paddocks and deliver it to the Motueka RDA.
- If you have a few bales to spare for your local RDA, search ‘Riding for Disabled’ + ‘Haystack Challenge’ in your web browser and you’ll find all the details you need.