Bank helps out RDA

Riding Develops Abilities Di McCann and Susan Dodson with Commonwealth Bank Drysdale''s Ian Jervies with a cheque for $10,000.

By Justin Flynn

Riding Develops Abilities (RDA) received a cheque for $10,000 from the Drysdale branch of Commonwealth Bank recently.

Barwon RDA is a volunteer organisation based in Wallington at Koombalah Park Equestrian Centre.

It aims to enable people with disabilities throughout the region to experience enjoyment, challenge and a sense of achievement through participation in equestrian activities to improve their quality of life, attain personal goals and develop life skills.

Around 14,000 employees donate to the Commonwealth Bank Foundation, which then hands donations on to worthy organisations.

The foundation is celebrating its 100th anniversary since beginning during WWI.

“We’re thrilled to be able to support organisations like Riding Develops Abilities Barwon Centre in the important work they do for our local community,” Commonwealth Bank Drysdale branch manager Ian Jervies said.

“It’s especially meaningful that we are able to celebrate 100 years of employee giving, by nominating an organisation to receive a centenary grant in our local community.”

Employees at Drysdale’s Commonwealth Bank nominated Barwon RDA for the $10,000 grant.

Barwon RDA plans to use the funds to update equipment and possibly a building program to improve its facilities.