The Primary Club of Australia provide funding to build shelter

From the Riding for the Disabled Association NSW – Raymond Terrace and Lower Hunter Centre newsletter March 2009 

The Primary Club of Australia is registered charity whose aim is to “give people with disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy and exhilaration that comes from any form of physical activity.”

The Primary Club of Australia are proudly supporting our Centre by providing $62,818.80 to build an all weather multi-purpose shelter.

This shelter will be 34.6 metres long, 15 metres wide and 30 metres at its highest point of the roof. In honour of their support, the shelter will be known as The Primary Club Shed.
The shelter has been our focal point for a number of years now, and the project is now coming to its final stage. With council approval received for the construction, we can now proceed with beginning the foundations. The shelter will be located on the ground that was levelled with soil and fill (donated by Energy Australia) on the left hand side of the outdoor arena. Construction of the shelter is expected to take approximately 6 – 8 weeks.

At a suitable time in the construction phase, we will also begin work on the Allyson Smith Memorial Horse Yards. Once complete, we will be able to offer an innovative hands on learning program for people with disabilities across the Hunter Region. This program will create an opportunity for our riders and drivers to become directly involved in horse care and management activities that will increase their skills and abilities, while at the same time build self confidence, self esteem, leadership and personal skills in a safe and fun atmosphere.

The additional benefit of this shelter will be that our horses can be brought in for each program and kept dry and shaded regardless of the weather. Our volunteers, riders and drivers will be kept safe from all weather conditions from rain to extreme heat whilst they prepare the horses.

The Primary Club was founded in 1974 and has been helping organisations around Australia to purchase much needed sporting and recreational equipment and facilities for people with disabilities. Their support of RDA will directly benefit people with all types of disabilities into the future and will be a lasting testimony to their contribution for many years to come.

The Primary Club raises their funds for distribution to registered charities from annual registration fees and “fines” for golden ducks, or primaries, in Australian cricket test matches and one day internationals throughout the year. They also hosts special functions which include breakfasts, luncheons, golf days, a day at the races, dinner and cocktail parties.