From the CEO
Welcome and a happy 2017 to all.
I don’t know about you, but 2016 seemed to fly by at a canter!
We were delighted to receive funding from The Tall Foundation and Capital Chemist for brand new signage for Drake Brockman Drive and the front gate. Our thanks to Roger and Melita for their continued and generous support. This signage looks great and means visitors will no longer miss the driveway as they travel down the road!
Over the last couple of months we were delighted to welcome Trish Grice as our new Operations Manager and Nicolle Erasmus, who will look after Volunteer and Community Engagement. You can read more about Trish and Nicolle in this edition.
From 18 to 20 November, I, along with Pegasus President, Peter Stubbs, attended the Riding for the Disabled Association of Australia (RDAA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Adelaide. We continue to work with our national organisation and state counterparts to raise awareness of RDA and the continuous improvement of our business operations.
In the same vein, I travelled with our Head Coach, Jo Skimin, to Queensland to visit the Macintyre Centre on Brisbane’s fringes. The Centre is an organisation similar in mission to Pegasus but on a slightly larger scale with 35 horses! We exchanged ideas, asked lots of questions and brought back plenty to inspire.
It was then wonderful to welcome more than 30 members to our AGM on Wednesday 23 November to reflect on the year that was.
The Pegasus 2016 Christmas Party was a great success with the Franklyn B Paverty band entertaining more than 100 friends, volunteers, participants and their families. Santa made a special appearance, delighting kids and adults alike! My thanks to everyone who makes this such an enjoyable community event.
The response to the Pegasus Christmas Appeal featuring past participant, Heather Cork, was well received, raising nearly $6,000. Thank you to all who gave. It really does mean the world to us and will help us continue providing horse-facilitated therapy to people with a disability. It’s like Heather says, “Pegasus made me feel able – not disabled”. As you will have read from Heather’s story – the benefits are not just physical. It is also the bond with the horse and the self-confidence participants gain through our programs. These are difficult to measure but are observed over time by our staff, volunteers and families.
The Horse Sourcing Committee has had some success over the past few months and as a consequence, we have welcomed Johnny, The Mighty Max and Oscar to the herd. I am pleased to report all are settling in well and my thanks to the committee for their continued efforts. We are still working to increase the herd to 25, so if you know of a horse or pony that might be suitable please visit pegasusact.com.au to complete the suitability questionnaire.
So now, after a relaxing festive season, I am eager to be getting back into the swing of things here at Pegasus.
We have kicked off the year in fine style with the school holiday program, Ready Steady Trot, starting last week and Term 1 kicking off on 31 January.
Key dates for some exciting events in 2017 are included in this edition – mark them in your diary now!
We have been working hard to ensure our transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is as seamless as possible – for our participants and their families and for us. However, the NDIS continues to challenge and trouble us. We have developed a Pegasus NDIS Planning Guide to assist participants and their families or carers in ensuring our programs fit and work in their plans to make the best use of available funding.
Additionally, the Board and I will continue with plans to diversify Pegasus offerings to increase our revenue streams and broaden our program delivery.
As we enter the new year, it is my pleasure to invite you to become a Pegasus PAL. PALS are our special supporters who make a regular monthly gift to Pegasus. Named in honour of Pegasus co-founder Bid Williams, donations from Pegasus PALS assure us of a regular income – an essential ingredient to safeguard a prosperous future. Visit pegasusact.com.au for more information or call the office on 02 6254 9190.
Finally, I have a favour to ask: please provide us with your email address! We are moving with these digital times we live in (and saving money wherever we can) and shifting Hoofprint from hardcopy to an e-newsletter. We do not want you to miss out on the next edition so please drop us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 6254 9190 with your email address.
Well – that’s enough from me for now! It’s a pleasure to welcome you to this edition of Hoofprint and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Jane Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Pegasus