BritCham Singapore contributes to the Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore

On 28 April 2015, The British Chamber of Commerce donated a part of the proceeds from last year's 'Great BritCham Ball' to the Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore


From left: Brigitte Holtschneider, Hugo Walkinshaw, Eugene Wong, Stephen Trevis

As a part of our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, the British Chamber of Commerce, Singapore donated a sum of S$ 10,000/- to The Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore (RDA).
RDA Singapore which provides free horse riding therapy to children and adults with disabilities from all over Singapore is a participating voluntary welfare organisation of the Care & Share @ SG50 Movement
Care & Share is a national fund-raising and volunteerism movement led by Community Chest for the social service sector, in celebration of SG50 this year. Eligible donations raised by Community Chest and participating VWOs from now till 31 Mar 2016 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the government. The matched amount will go towards building the capabilities and capacities of the social service sector and supporting social services to meet rising needs.
Chamber President, Hugo Walkinshaw along with Executive Director, Brigitte Holtschneider and Diversity Committee Chairperson, Stephen Trevis visited the RDA centre and handed over the cheque to RDA's Chairman Eugene Wong Kon Yoon. The funds were raised in December last year through “Great BritCham Ball” via raffle tickets and auctioned prizes. The Chamber's donation to the RDA will be used to feed two horses for a period of one year.
We sincerely thank all our sponsors, members and guests who participated and contributed generously towards this donation. 
About RDA: 
Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore (RDA Singapore) is the only registered charity in Singapore which provide free therapeutic and rehabilitative horse-riding for children and adults with disabilities. Over the past 32 years, we have helped over 5500 beneficiaries.
RDA provides horse-riding therapy (hippotherapy) to those with special needs. Hippotherapy has proven to help those with physical disability like cerebral palsy with improved muscle tone, motor functions and coordination. For those with learning disability like autism, we have seen improved social skills and better sensory sensitivity.
Unlike most therapies conducted in clinical or hospital setting, RDA brings the riders out for ‘jungle walk’ to a nearby forested trail. For many of their riders with physical disabilities, going into a forest is almost impossible on a wheelchair or walking aid. But they can do so with ease on a horse-back.
Over the years, we have seen some of our riders advancing beyond therapy riding to competition level and even to the Paralympics! Two of RDA's riders, Gemma Foo and Maximillian Tan represented Singapore in the 2012 London Paralympics started their riding sessions here at RDA Singapore.
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