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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2013
43 MARITIME LOGISTICS COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2012/AUTUMN 2013 BY WO MARTY OLSON The Unit has adopted the RDA as it's charity, but rather than just donating money to them, manual labour was seen as an additional valuable resource that we could provide. Numerous chores were undertaken by the members, such as weed eradication and disposal, fence mending, clearing horse paddocks of manure, bush slashing, and grass cutting. The RDA is staffed by volunteers, whom provide a range of multi-diagnostic services to disabled children and adults through horse riding activities. Apart from acquiring general horse knowledge and riding skills, riders also take part in special horseback exercises designed to develop both physical and intellectual skills. The volunteers provide a fantastic outlet to disabled children, whom experience therapeutic rehabilitation through the horse riding, without the pain and effort other methods might require. The RDA was extremely grateful for the work our member's undertook, providing many man-days of work that the volunteers simply cannot provide as easily. Additionally, the member's all enjoyed themselves, being able to provide a community service, and mix with their work colleagues outside of the work environment. Following the work undertaken, and words of encouragement from the Commanding Officer -- Commander Craig Opie, the RDA hosted a sausage sizzle in appreciation of the efforts the members put in, before everyone had to return to work. JLU(W) conducts working bee at local charity On Wednesday 17 October 2012, 13 members of JLU(W) headed out to the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) of Western Australia site at Oakford, 25 minutes from HMAS STIRLING, to undertake a working bee for the organisation. ABML-SC Parker drives the mini tractor to conduct some paddock slashing. AB Partington became the slasher-king. Members putting their back into weed removal. ABML-SC's Adams and Parker undertaking fence repair. The weeds also needed bagging for disposal to reduce the risk of spreading.