Dilly Drought Drive steps in to help Riding for the Disabled

Happy to help: Sharon Robertson, Paul Walker and Tia Veech are happy to help RDA members Rose MacAllister, Aileen Davis and Betty Wallace. Picture: Sharon Robertson

Happy to help: Sharon Robertson, Paul Walker and Tia Veech are happy to help RDA members Rose MacAllister, Aileen Davis and Betty Wallace. Picture: Sharon Robertson

Farmers aren't the only people struggling through winter drought conditions.

Tahmoor's Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) is struggling to fund the amount of hay and pellets needed to care for their horses.

Last year, the Dilly Drought Drive stepped in to help and they decided it was time to help the organisation again.

Dilly Drought Drive organiser Sharon Robertson said they donated $5000 to hopefully get the organisation through the rest of the year.

"Last year, the RDA was considering whether to stay open or close so when they need help again we had to step in," she said.

"They do wonderful work for the community.

"The horses are housed at properties owned by volunteers who are doing what they can but they need some extra help."

Ms Robertson said keeping this association in Wollondilly was important.

"They do more than just help disabled people to ride horses," she said.

"The RDA has ex-service men and women come up from the barracks to do some rehabilitation through working with the horses and helping disabled people.

"They do a lot of good for the community and these horses are one in a million - if they lost them it would be hard to find calm and stable horses like that again."

Ms Robertson said ongoing drought conditions were still a huge issue across the shire.

"We have still got 21 farmers needing our assistance and we are still donating 100,000 litres of water a week," she said.

"The rain we have had hasn't been enough to help and paddocks are filled with weeds because they are more resilient than grass.

"Experts are saying that dry weather is set to continue and the bushfire season is going to start early.

"So we need to focus on water supplies and making sure that our community groups like RDA can see this through."

The Dilly Drought Drive's bank account details recently changed.

The new account details are: Dilly Drought Drive Rural Aid, BSB: 114 879, account number: 415 417 799.