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Donations needed to purchase equipment for Riding for Disabled

Donations needed to purchase equipment for Riding for Disabled

Fiona Zimmermann’s progress over the last six months is not only an example of her determination but it’s also a testament to the region’s Riding for Disabled.

The Tanunda resident started participating in the Riding for Disabled programme earlier this year as one way to help with her rehabilitation of an acquired brain injury.

Her mother, Jenny thought it would be a fortnightly exercise but having seen Fiona’s progress she’s rapt that it’s offered weekly.

“Fiona had, like a lot of people that had injuries, a very weak top half and wasn’t able to support herself but this has helped immensely,” said Jenny.

“For us the biggest improvement has been to sit up and stay up.”

Fiona is just one example of the importance of such an organisation to the region, one which relies heavily on volunteers and donations.

It gives participants a chance to interact, build their balance and hand eye co-ordination and connect with others and animals.

It’s not known whether Fiona will walk or talk again, but Jenny has seen the benefits Riding for Disabled has given.

Just seeing Fiona on the horse brings a smile and sense of achievement.

Before suffering her injury, Fiona enjoyed spending time with the family horses at Sedan.

It’s a bond that she is now able to feel again, thanks to Riding for Disabled.

“Seeing Fiona on the horse, it was really emotional for us, Fiona loves her horses… it was that emotional reconnection,” said Jenny.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.

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