From the CEO
As we finally say farewell to what has been a wet and unusually drab Canberra winter, we welcome spring with open arms. Although most of us hibernate during these colder months, our amazing volunteers and staff have been dutifully carrying out all the required jobs here at Pegasus, rain, hail or snow!
We are also grateful to all those who have supported us over the last few months.
In July, Pegasus was a beneficiary from The Electrical Trades Industry Charity Trivia Night, which raised $5,000 for us.
We held another successful Horses’ Birthday Celebration on Saturday 29 July, with the horses and ponies thoroughly enjoying their hay and carrot cake. We heard from the lovely Heather Cork, a past participant, who gave us a moving account of the difference Pegasus has made to her life. Pegasus co-founder, Bid Williams, then moved many of the audience to tears as she spoke of the important bond between horse and rider.
On 14 August, participants and their families gathered for the inaugural Pegasus Family Film night. It was a great night for families to spot their child in the film and to get a better understanding of life at Pegasus. We extend a big thank you to Ewolt Rohling for donating his time and expertise to our first film adventure. We wish him all the very best and we have no doubt he has a great cinematic career ahead of him! Our thanks also to our sponsors of the Family Film Night: Beyond Bank and Eastlakes.
At the end of August, we welcomed Jankees van der Have, Chief Executive Officer at the MacIntyre Centre in Brisbane, to Pegasus for a flying visit. It was great to have Jankees tour the farm and chat with us about the programs and operations of the Centre. We had to admit we were jealous when he told us they have 35 horses!
Thanks also to Knight Frank for hosting the Knight Frank Pegasus Charity Breakfast recently. Lots of hungry office workers enjoyed egg and bacon sandwiches and helped raise over $1,400 for Pegasus!
As the NDIS continues to impact, it is vital we share learnings and information with other centres around Australia.
Our General Manager, Wayne Toms, and I have been working closely with participant families and the National Disability Insurance Agency to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible. I extend my personal thanks to the families who have responded to our recent emails about their NDIS planning. The more information we have, the better equipped we are to plan for the future.
We hope to send out a Pegasus NDIS Planning Guide soon and are happy to answer any questions you might have.
Unfortunately, due to the extremely wet weather we have had to postpone The Walking Clinic’s Yowani Pegasus Charity Golf Day to Thursday 24 November. This event is a highlight on our calendar and is very important to us in fundraising terms. Last year it brought in $30,500 for Pegasus so we look forward to seeing everyone – and hopefully the sun! – in November.
So, without further ado, welcome to this edition of Hoofprint and I look forward to seeing you soon.
Jane Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Pegasus