Date: January 2023
Helping Hand: Mitre 10 MEGA Timaru
Project: Update the Timaru Riding for Disabled club
Volunteers at Timaru Riding for Disabled shed tears as the club’s new kitchen, storage space and improved tack shed were revealed, after Mitre 10 MEGA Timaru stepped up with a big helping hand.
The club, which has around 60 volunteers, has provided therapy horse riding for people with disabilities since 1974, also offering riding activities to refugee children, kids in the Big Buddy programme and those struggling with mental health.
It can take up to three volunteers to manage a session for one disabled rider, but the volunteers who commit their time get much joy from seeing the benefits for those unable to engage in regular sport. As an important form of physical therapy, the ride activities develop core strength, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and have calming effects for many who connect deeply with the horses.
“It’s like winning $20m on lotto” was Club Treasurer Alison Farren’s remark when hearing of the improvements Mitre 10 MEGA Timaru offered. Staffed entirely by volunteers and receiving no government funding, the Club applied for a helping hand with shelving units for the decades-old school classroom which serves as a break room and storage area.
However, when Company Retail Manager Paul Fisher and Marketing Manager Lisa Scammell from Mitre 10 MEGA Timaru visited the site, they soon realised the club needed more than just storage cabinets. The tired kitchenette was in desperate need of a makeover and had to be reconfigured to improve functionality and maximise storage space. Add to that the enthusiasm of Mitre 10’s Stan Scott, who offered to spruce up the tack shed, and the club was in for a vastly enhanced facility.
Paul Fisher said “Community support is what we’re all about and it’s great to be able to give back to the volunteers that are quietly giving, and help them feel appreciated for all they do.”
The store team and fantastic group of suppliers and builders who mucked in to get the job done, enjoyed a BBQ after the big reveal with club volunteers and riders, put on by the store to celebrate the renovation.
Lisa Scammell remarked “It was so heart-warming and rewarding to be part of a project that helps people who help others”.
Managing Director of Mitre 10 MEGA Timaru, Simon Lye commented ”We are very proud to be fortunate enough to help our local community who have supported us for so many years. It’s really pleasing to see our team, tradies and suppliers work so well together over such a short period of time to complete this wonderful makeover for the Riding for Disabled.”
Special thanks to these suppliers: ABC Contracting, Hafele Kitchens, Monaco Appliances, Menzies Plumbing, Morris Waddell Electrical, Todd Mudie Plastering & Painting, Waste Management, Point Lumber and Brand Boost Solutions.
Upgraded tack shed