Molong Pony Club receives items from GIVIT, community support

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Just a year ago, drought and other factors had contributed to the Molong Pony Club nearly closing its doors, but community support and a recent donation will help ensure the facility stays open for a long time.

The Club has been in operation for many generations, but was seeing low membership numbers due to the dry and cost of feeding and transporting horses.

The Club's president Rebecca rallied the community for membership and was successful in gaining enough memberships to keep the club going.

After hearing about the online charity, GIVIT, Ms Brazier also decided to apply for support and on March 3, a number of items were donated to the Club.

"We would like to thank everyone on the day with a barbecue lunch with all the families involved," Club secretary Ness Sawtell said.

"Amazingly, GIVIT supplied us with a barbecue, outdoor chairs and push mower which is going to improve our facilities out of sight and make our rally days so much more enjoyable."

GIVIT’s NSW Drought Relief Manager Scott Barrett said GIVIT was thrilled to locally purchase some much needed items for the pony club.

He said it was essential to support entire communities, especially the youngest members.

“Kids are doing it tough in so many of the drought-ravaged regions. It is vital rural kids have an avenue of support in a social venue and that’s what pony clubs like Molong do so well,’’ Mr Barrett said.

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“But with money tight in many rural communities because of the drought often kids’ activities such as pony club, swim lessons and team sports are no longer a priority.

"GIVIT wants to ensure these essential community activities and facilities thrive and survive long after the drought.’’

Ms Sawtell said time is a luxury during the drought with farmers hand feeding their stock, which means there is little time to spend with the kids on horses in between rally days.

"Pony Club rally days require a lot of effort and they are an important way for people to socialise, especially during difficult times like drought," she said.

The local Pony Club has generations of members and aims to teach kids to ride many disciplines and handle their own horses in a fun and safe environment.

"Pony Clubs are fantastic for kids and families, besides the social aspect it encourages kids to be active and learn the respect and responsibility that comes with owning and handling a horse, so we were lucky to keep our Club going," Ms Sawtell said.

The Club is run by volunteers who are mostly parents and friends of the riders, Ms Sawtell said.

They are also fortunate to have a few local instructors who are all volunteers too.

Mr Barrett urged charities and community groups supporting rural communities to register with GIVIT to receive vital support for their clients.

"GIVIT is currently working with several charities and community groups around the central west but we can offer help to any other charity or group supporting drought-affected residents in the region," he said.

Mr Barrett said GIVIT are aware that entire towns are struggling and therefore are committed to purchasing from local businesses wherever possible.

“A big wedge of the state is still doing it really tough with no end in sight of the drought; but GIVIT is here for the long haul to help charities and service providers get exactly what their clients need to get through this," he said.