From the Executive Officer
I’m now seven months in the role as Pegasus’ Executive Officer, and loving it.
And it’s all about the people! Whether it’s the young man who’s brimming with pride as he applies his training to manage and manoeuver his horse away from the gate and keep him on task, or the dad full of joy watching his son trot, bouncing up and down on the seat as if he himself were ‘willing’ his son on, or the volunteer who beams at the satisfaction of a child learning ‘just one more thing’, or the letters and stories from people past and their memories of their time here at Pegasus. It’s these things that bring me and so many of us such joy, and makes our hearts miss a beat.
I’m fortunate to have staff who along with a troop of dedicated volunteers, help to drive and establish the changes that are necessary for Pegasus to develop good governance and strong efficacy. Whilst I seemingly appear to be ‘down to business’ – hardly taking time to breathe - not a day goes past when I don’t appreciate their goodwill and dedication.
Writing this message allows me to take stock of what we are achieving. Pegasus has a new database, bringing all our constituents into one hub to ensure we gain a greater understanding of what they want, what they do, and how they want us to talk to them. Volunteers have sorted files, drafted policies and procedures, helped with office refurbs (thanks to Radford College and Recon), supported fundraising efforts, drafted grants, and the list goes on.
We have administered some riding scholarships, began a long over-due refurbishment of our indoor arena, and packaged our phone services, resulting in more efficiencies.
On the media front Bid Williams, our founder, was the star of one of ABC’s 7.30 ACT programs. Mix 106.3 and other local media helped plug our Open Day. More recently, Dr Harry from Better Homes and Gardens paid us a visit. This is due to be aired in the next month or so – stay tuned.
Pegasus’ Management Committee is finalising our organisational strategy, and renewing the Constitution and approved policies. Our President, Nick Langley, and I attended Riding for the Disabled Association Australia's General Meeting last May and gained insights to the many methods that RDAA centres employ to deliver quality programs.
Of great satisfaction was our Open Day and the outstanding attendance and support from the local community, and the success of our appeal. Many donors made a contribution that will continue to build our future.
All of you, our constituents, contribute to making Pegasus what it is today and will be in the future.
Jane Thompson, Executive Officer, Pegasus
The Bid Williams Story
ABC TV filmed Bid William’s story at Pegasus earlier this year.
Bid’s story is quite fascinating! You’ll value the opportunity to view the show and find out more about our Founder. Link through to: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/act/?year=2014&month=04
It will send you to our April archive for all 730 ACT stories.
See the difference Pegasus makes to a child...
Here at Pegasus Riding for the Disabled we provide horse and farm activities for people with a disability in the Canberra region. As soon as our riders come through our gates, they are met with sights and smells that transport them to another world. A place where they can wheel or walk easily, a place where they can feel safe and secure; a place that is a home away from home.
Pegasus is known for its positive energy, and riders and parents often comment on the joy and uplifting feeling that being at Pegasus always brings. The gentle and understanding environment means that riders are not limited by what would normally be considered their limitations; because at Pegasus there is no ‘disability’ there is only ‘ability.’ For riders, even seeing the Pegasus logo gets them excited, because they know that here they can do something that would normally be impossible – that at Pegasus they can fly.
We are a not-for-profit charitable organisation, which relies on the generosity of people in the community to meet our aims in supporting those with a disability. This includes financial donations through many of our fundraising programs, as well as through volunteering activities, including class work, stables and at events. Pegasus depends on our 270 active volunteers who work in a variety of roles, but we always need more help!
This unique service could not be possible without our commendable ponies giving service to others. Our hard-working herd is fully trained in assisting our riders to achieve their goals. Similarly, our coaching staff has national accreditation in instructing our riders with a disability. Together, our coaches and horses provide the team that allows our riders to reach their full potential.
Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding donation and volunteering opportunities, or simply to come out and visit our sprawling 100 acre property and see the magic happen first hand!
Opening the Doors!
The Pegasus horse was flying high at our Open Day last Saturday; keeping the rain at bay and attracting the community to the Pegasus Farm.
Families and their children, Pegasus volunteers, donors and sponsors were enjoying the day; taking in the Franklin B Paverty Bush Band, the Obstacle Race, the Horse Parade, the Riding Program demonstration, fabulous cakes, sizzling sausages, hot soup, biscuit decorating and so much more.
One of our donors and volunteers, Susan, said, “Everyone I talked to commented on the positive energy and inviting warmth that Pegasus has.
One person told me that he just lives up the road and never knew what a great organisation he had in his own backyard.”
It was pleasing to hear such positive comments. People who hadn’t been to Pegasus before were pleasantly surprised by the Farm and the activities, and the warm welcome from our volunteers and staff. I was particularly pleased to see a number of people attending who had a disability.
Thanks to the support of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, families, staff and the community we raised a net amount of $14,058 and most importantly, over 1200 people came to Pegasus and gained an understanding of who we are, what we do, and what we seek to achieve – developing abilities for people with a disability!
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