After receiving plenty of support from community groups over the years and particularly after the devastating floods, Cobram and District Pony Club believed it was only fair to return the favour, presenting the Kiwanis Club of Cobram Barooga with a cheque for $400.
‘‘The Kiwanis Club has supported our club immensely throughout the years and we have helped them at different stages as well, so it is a nice relationship we have,’’ Cobram and District Pony Club president Barb Clarke said.
‘‘The new club house wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for community groups such as Kiwanis coming together to achieve this goal for the club and the community.’’
Kiwanis is a worldwide organisation that originated in the United States, but has its own Australian district. It is the second-eldest service club in the world and its focus is ‘the children in the world’.
With much of Kiwanis’ work centering on youth development, CDPC thought the money could be well utilised to address a common issue that many young people face at different points in their lives.
‘‘We felt this donation to Kiwanis could help children out there and it gives our club members a sense of doing well in the community and giving back to the community to make it a better place to live in and enjoy,’’ Ms Clarke said.
‘‘The club wants to bring back a community where everyone is happy for each other and where people are not trying to create problems.
‘‘Bullying in the community is a big issue in our area at the moment, so it would be good if the community could try and make a difference in this space.’’
Ms Clarke said new members were always welcome at the club, which offered a great environment to not only develop skills in horse riding, but also to contribute to the community.
‘‘The CDPC is a great club with a great support crew, not just within the club but also in the broader community,’’ she said.
‘‘The club supports riders with their passion for the love of their horses, creating sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty, therefore cultivating strength of character and self-discipline.
‘‘We encourage all this in a safe, fun and non-competitive environment.’’