All of our latest grants news can be found right here.
Beyond Bank drives fundraising campaign
Department of Sport and Recreation grant
In exciting news for our Coaching staff, the Department of Sport and Recreation (as part of their Inclusive Participation Funding) granted $10,500 for our Coaches to attend the Riding for the Disabled Association of Australia (RDAA) National Coaches Workshop in Victoria this year.
Pegasus coaches have recently returned from the National Coaches Workshop in Geelong with stories to tell. The premier educational event for RDA Coaches, this biennial workshop provides the professional development required to ensure all of Pegasus' horse-facilitated therapy programs are delivered by qualified Coaches (who are trained in the most up-to-date methods and techniques).Our Horse Manager, Maya Scott, said she benefitted from the Workshop.
"I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to attend. I gained new insights from every presentation – each one was interesting with something different to offer," said Maya.
The workshop brought Coaches from across Australia together to facilitate a stronger network and experience professional development tailored to their programs and activities.
Thanks Department of Sport and Recreation for the grant to support Pegasus and our excellent coaching team!
Wonderful news from John James Foundation
Pegasus recently received a $14,250 grant from the John James Foundation as part of their Community Health (Charitable Donations) program. The grant will go towards completing the upgrade to the outdoor arena surface so that it can be used for additional program sessions and activities. Thank you to the Chairman of the John James Foundation Board, Professor Paul Smith, and all the Board members, along with the Foundation’s CEO, Phil Greenwood for their support of this project.
Thanks Department of Social Services
We received a wonderful $5,000 grant from the Department of Social Services to go towards purchasing new computer and electronic audio video equipment. Included in the grant were also funds to cover volunteer training and landscaping costs. Many thanks Department of Social Services.
Realestate.com Community Grants Program
Pegasus received terrific news recently when Mark Ryan, a volunteer and member of the Realestate.com.au group, secured a grant to enable Pegasus to purchase Pegasus branded bucket hats for all volunteers.
The grant is part of the Realestate.com.au ‘Community Grants Program’ – a community investment program designed to maximise the ability for Realestate.com.au’s employees to tangibly contribute to social and environmental issues in their area.
As a majority of Pegasus’ volunteers conduct a large part of their volunteer time outdoors – either helping out on the farm, in programs or at events – it is important to protect them from UV exposure, while at the same time providing clear and visible branding in the community.
And now the hats are here and can be seen being beautifully modelled by Margo, Chris and Lauren. Of course, Lil’ Joe never misses a photo opportunity!
Thanks again REA Group.
Many thanks too to Mark Ryan for thinking of Pegasus and submitting the grant application.
The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation – Eldon and Anne Foote Trust
Pegasus recently received a $30,000 grant from The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation – Eldon and Anne Foote Trust Donor Advised Program. The grant will go towards implementing an unmounted ‘Horsing Around’ program for young adults, aged 18-25 years, with intellectual disabilities.
The program includes a range of horse and farm-based activities with the aim of enhancing health and well-being; increasing participants’ practical, social, and community skills; and developing confidence, responsibility and motivation to undertake work placements in appropriate contexts.
Thank you to the Board of Management of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund, and to Mrs Anne Foote, for their wonderful support of this vital program.
Thanks Snow Foundation
We received a $17,000 from the generous people at the Snow Foundation. This money will enable us to purchase a new double horse float, and will also cover all on-road costs and sign writing. Up until now, Pegasus has had to rely on borrowed and hired horse floats. Having our own float provides Pegasus with a readily accessible and reliable means of transporting horses and ponies to community and fundraising events (like the Ride for Pegasus), and in the event of an emergency (to the veterinary clinic or in case of a bushfire).
Thank you to The Snow Foundation making our wish of a brand new horse float a reality.
Success with $88,000 Sports and Recreation grant
In exciting news, Pegasus received an $88,000 grant from Sports and Recreation to upgrade our arena facilities, in line with Workplace Health and Safety. The upgrades we can now undertake include:
St.George Foundation grant helps develop the senses...
We received a $36,000 grant from the St.George Foundation to build a sensory trail at Pegasus Farm.
Catering for three to six year-olds, this initiative provides the opportunity for children to learn by engaging their senses. Participants travel on horseback through an adventure trail/sensory maze where they are introduced to concepts such as ‘over and under’, ‘up and down’, ‘in and out’; and sensory stimulants such as: touch, smell, taste and sounds. Some of the benefits from this type of activity include improvements in:
Sky Zone Belconnen helps us fly high
We were delighted to be approached by Sky Zone Belconnen as their chosen charity for their local ‘Charity Sock Box’ program. For every pair of socks sold, a portion was donated to us, and a total of $200 was raised.
Thank you Sky Zone Belconnen for your generous donation and your kind support of Pegasus.
Thanks St Francis Xavier College
We received a wonderful $2000 donation from the students at St Francis Xavier College. This donation is for a full year Riding Scholarship (the St Francis Xavier College Scholarship for Developing Confidence) and also for program support.
College Vice Captains Josh Halliday and Vanessa Lavis presented Jane Thompson with the cheque in November. Many thanks!
Southern Cross Community Support Grant
We also recently received $2000 as part of the Canberra Southern Cross Club’s Annual Community Support Grants.
This grant will go towards purchasing much-needed equipment for our mounted (riding) and unmounted classes. Specifically, dressage mirrors to help our riders view their position and self-correct their posture, while also seeing the horse's reaction to their instructions.
Many thanks to the Canberra Southern Cross Club’s Grants Committee for supporting us in our mission of enriching the lives of people with disabilities in our local region.
Honda helps Pegasus
Pegasus recently received a $13,500 grant from the fantastic folks at The Honda Foundation. This grant will enable us to get a retractable partition to split the existing outdoor horse arena in half – effectively allowing us to run two sessions simultaneously, and providing flexibility and additional capacity to conduct extra sessions for riders and program participants.
Thank you to The Honda Foundation, and to David Jameson, Dealer Principal at Rolfe Honda Belconnen, for endorsing our grant application.
The Tall Foundation keeps Pegasus cool
Thanks to the ever-supportive people at the Tall Foundation, Pegasus can now stay cool in summer and warm in winter with our brand new reverse-cycle air-conditioning system in the common room. Class participants, visitors, family members, volunteers and staff all love how comfortable it is in the common room now – no matter what temperature it is outside.
Thanks to everyone at the Tall Foundation!
Telstra Kids Grant
We are delighted to announce our success in applying for a $1200 Telstra Kids Grant for our 'Saddle Up' project – an initiative to increase our stock of specialised saddles.
Our Telstra Kids Grant has allowed us to purchase a much-needed saddle for Nutmeg – a new member of our herd. It is only fitting that a new horse gets a new saddle so that she can begin work with riders in our horse-facilitated therapy programs.
Telstra Kids funds the little things that make a big difference to kids' lives, helping them to play and learn. Many thanks to James Gray from Telstra for applying for the funding for us. We are very excited to share in the million dollars the Telstra Foundation provides each year to help kids across Australia.