The Riding for the Disabled – Yaralla Centre has Received a $5,000 Donation From BOQ

Monday, 10/10/2011

The Riding for the Disabled – Yaralla Centre has received a $5,000 donation from BOQ on behalf of BOQ Asset Manager Stacy King who was recently announced as the Silver winner in the Bank’s Managing Director’s Awards for Community Involvement.

The annual national Awards recognise outstanding contributions made by BOQ employees in their communities by donating funds to the organisations they work so hard to support.

Stacy was involved with the Ryde Centre for more than 20 years and was President for 13 years from 1994 to 2007.

She is currently in the process of attempting to create another Centre in the metropolitan area and holds the position of President, Yaralla Centre Steering Committee, which will increase the access and availability of riding facilities to those who are disabled.

Stacy will be involved in all facets of the new Centre including co-ordinating volunteers, caring for the animals, assisting with rides, maintaining the ground and raising funds.

Stacy believes in the foundations of the Centre and the message it sends, which is why she is such a keen supporter of the charity.

“Providing disabled people with the opportunity to ride dramatically develops their confidence, self esteem, communication skills, leadership and trust,” she said.

The $5,000 will be used towards the purchase of a tack and feed shed for the new Centre.

The Yaralla Centre Steering Treasurer, Barbara Davies, said she is so grateful for Stacy’s effort and commitment to the Club and of course to BOQ for recognising Stacy’s efforts with the $5,000 donation.

“Stacy’s hard work has made a big impact on some of the projects we’ll be able to undertake in the coming year and we’ve very grateful to both Stacy and BOQ,” Barbara said.

The Bank’s outgoing Managing Director, David Liddy, said he was extremely proud of the contributions that Stacy and hundreds of other BOQ people perform in their local community every week.

“Every year I hear of more and more BOQ people who are dedicated to helping out behind the scenes in their local community. These people spend their valuable spare time helping others and holding these awards is one of the ways I can encourage and reward these people and support this fantastic community spirit,” Mr Liddy said.

The Awards were presented at an exclusive dinner hosted by David Liddy and local radio personality John Miller, who kindly donated his time to help judge the Awards.

One Gold Award of $20,000 was donated to:Hav’A’Feed Community Relief Ltd on behalf of Ashmore Owner-Manager, Duncan Plastow for his diligent assistance and time donated providing meals and emergency care for the homeless and disadvantaged across the Gold Coast.

Six Silver Awards of $5,000 were also donated to:

Logan City Saints Rugby Union Club, on behalf of Leigh Skedgwell, Customer Service Manager at Loganholme for her support of the Club.

Logan City Saints Rugby Union Club, on behalf of Leigh Skedgwell, Customer Service Manager at Loganholme for her support of the Club.

Surf Life Saving Australia on behalf of Greg Durie, Customer Assistance Leader in Brisbane, for his diligent assistance and time donated. 

Hervey Bay Athletics Club on behalf of Mark French, Hervey Bay Customer Service Officer, for his dedication to the club.

The Leukaemia Foundation on behalf of Shaune Watts who is a committed and tireless Quest Ambassador for the foundation and winner of the 2011 Spirit Foundation Award.

Oak Tasmania on behalf of Don Macloud, Hobart Owner-Manager for his contribution to not-for-profit group.

Botswana Orphan Project on behalf of Craig Shipton, Market Risk Manager for his charity cycle trips that have raised over $190, 000.

And the MD’s Encouragement Award of $2,500 donated to: 

Brisbane Garden Recovery Group on behalf of Peter Lynch, Business Development Officer at Middle Park for his enthusiasm and commitment to rebuilding local residents’ gardens that were destroyed in the floods.