RDA Alice Springs, like many other organisations, depends on the efforts of our special volunteers who give generously of their time to help others.
A Thank You From Our Coaches
Volunteers are our most precious assets in making the dreams of RDA and our clients a reality. Our Volunteers donate their time, effort and talents to sprinkle some magic to the lives of our special needs children and their families. From our feeders to our leaders and side walkers we give thanks to you all for your dedication.
As coaches Dusty and I have the privilege of working closely with our young riders, we get to see the pleasure in their faces and the improvement in their young bodies.
We also get to work with our very special Volunteers in our classes who help make all of this possible.
We do not always get to work with our very special "behind the scenes Volunteers" - those that come at all hours to do their bit - like feeding and the never ending mucking out stables and paddocks, those that donate their precious time to help with fundraising, cleaning, mowing and all the rest that keeps this centre going.
We would just like to say a huge Thank you and to remind each and every one of you that you are all such an important part of RDA.
As a volunteer you bring much to this organisation. Skills, advice, experience, friendship, vision, leadership, inspiration etc. and we will all be poorer if we don’t realise that the giving of your time is simply and utterly magnificent.
Your generous gift of your time, your wonderful encouraging smiles truly does help make a difference in the lives of so many.
So today, we take a little time out to thank you for the amazing “time in” that you give.
Truly, thanks for your time!
Dimiti is one of our volunteers who helps with our Thursday sessions for the students at Acacia Hill School and has gained immense respect from staff at both Acacia Hill and RDA AS for her dedication with leading Jacko no matter what the time, temperature or weather. Though she isn't a rider herself, she has assisted in teaching many of the children how to ride our hard working horses and ponies over the years. She is also a large part of the success of the CMS volunteer program, encouraging others to volunteer and making it an enjoyable and learning experience for all.
Brandon Williams has been volunteering at RDA for over 5 years through the Acacia Hill School. Having started coming in on a Wednesday to muck stalls and help out generally, his role has grown to Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to assist with all types of tasks. Through his volunteering he has gained up to a certificate 3 in volunteering and has learned skills that will help him when leaving school and entering the workforce, such as a fantastic work ethic, labouring skills and experience rolling up his sleeves and getting his hands dirty, diving into any job required of him. Through Brandon's work he has become an inspiration not only to the students he comes in contact with, but the staff and all volunteers around him. With a kind and loving spirit he has shown and taught everyone so much.
Combined Rotary Clubs of Alice Springs erecting a new fence.
Our Young Volunteers
RDA Alice Springs has a Young Volunteer program between Centralian Middle School, Acacia Hill School and RDA Alice Springs where students who have been under-performing in their studies volunteer to help with the Acacia Hill lessons.
All students were trained in Safety and Volunteer procedures and participated with great enthusiasm in the program.
This has led to an increase in their beliefs in their own abilities and has led to increased participation and retention in the classroom.