A major construction project to build a covered riding facility at West Auckland Riding for the Disabled (RDA) will enable more children to use the service.
The new structure means the community organisation, which has 60 volunteers who provide riding therapy to more than 50 children each week, can operate in all weather conditions. Riding for the Disabled provides interaction with horses to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for people experiencing disability or people who have specific challenges or needs.
“With no cover we run a very weather dependent programme meaning our riders and volunteers are regularly interrupted when it rains,” says Treasurer Shirley Furneaux.
“The covered facility will be incredible and means we can reach more riders and change more lives to meet the ever-increasing needs of the West Auckland community. But before construction could start, we needed to remove an old shed which we used to store equipment.
“We were in urgent need of a container to store the goods which is where Royal Wolf came to the rescue,” she says.
Royal Wolf’s West Auckland branch supplied a 20-foot open side container to the RDA which will be used over the next year to provide volunteers easy access to essential equipment and resources.
“The container is key because it means we can keep our programme running while construction is underway.”
West Auckland growth
With continued demand for container products across Auckland, Royal Wolf opened its West Auckland branch in late 2020 to service the area locally.
West Auckland Branch Manager Sarah Sa’u says having staff on the ground with local knowledge is essential to ensure it has the right product available to meet customers’ specific needs.
“Since opening, the branch has undergone consistent growth due to ongoing infrastructure and construction work in West Auckland, demand in retail and manufacturing due to supply chain challenges, and ongoing requests for residential storage containers.”
She says Royal Wolf is focussed on supporting future growth and development in West Auckland from both a business and community level.
“It’s an amazing community and by partnering with organisations like Riding for the Disabled we can do our bit to help community groups in the area continue to do the great work they do locally.”