Beacon 29th October 2015

George Barker

It is with a sad heart that again I have to report today, 23rd of October, that a devoted father, husband, founding member of our Club, a great friend and pillar of our community left this mortal world.

George Barker, a member of Narooma Rotary since it’s foundation in 1958, passed away in Moruya Hospital early this morning.

Our thoughts are with Anne and their family.

George Barker’s funeral will be at 2pm on Friday 30th October at the Anglican Church, Tilba Street Narooma.

Please call Bob Antill on 0400 104 731 for further information.

 

RDA

Riding for the Disabled

Our speaker, Suzanne Feeney from the Eurobodalla Riding for the Disabled told us about the organisation and the benefits it can bring to children.

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RDA is a worldwide organization, run totally by volunteers as a not-for-profit group, in order to provide riding therapy, sport, recreation, training and safety programmes for people with disabilities. RDA is a registered charity. They help people with all kinds of disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, specific learning disorders, injuries resulting from accidents, cerebral palsy, psychiatric disorders, spinal bifida, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, thalidomide, visual and hearing impairments, autism and amputees. The only group they are unable to help are those suffering from haemophilia.

The complex movement of the horses helps to improve coordination, balance, muscular development and fitness.

Children benefit from interacting with horses, you can see the the joy of life in the look on their faces; every child should have that opportunity. Riding a horse is a chance to have fun as a family, all the medical issues forgotten. Self confidence and self esteem both increase. It’s a powerful medium for restoring self control.

Sue grew up in Melbourne and later worked in Europe. She always loved horses, and when she was working in childcare she realised she loved education and so she did a degree in psychology. She moved to Batemans Bay some eight years ago.

Our local area is characterised by a high rate of disability, coupled with a low rank on the socio-economic scale. The local branch of RDA started in October last year, they now have 35 volunteers. They recently won a grant for a wheelchair mount to make it easier to climb up onto the horses. Their goal is to look after 30 riders and they are looking to double that. They currently have 12 horses, but it can be hard to find suitable horses.

Shanna Provost Awarded Paul Harris Fellow

Shanna Provost was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow for her work in raising funds for Shelterbox at the Beatles Concert held in the Kinema back in May.  Well done Shanna, your efforts are very much appreciated by all of us.

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Get Well Rachel!

Rachel is home after a stay in the Moruya Hospital – apparently she had exhausted all possibilities for entertainment there, and is glad to be home!