Round 7 Grant Recipient

“Knowing that Suncorp has helped the Centre continue assisting children achieve their goals makes me proud”

Gerard Teahen from Customer Platforms nominated McIntyre Centre Riding for Disabled

When Gerard Teahen from Customer Platforms nominated McIntyre Centre Riding for Disabled for a Brighter Futures Grant in Round 7 he was thinking outside the box. The grant enabled the Centre to purchase a shipping container to store donated items for their thrift shops. Currently these shops generate one-third of the centre’s revenue – now that’s a thrifty grant.

Gerard’s son has Cerebral Palsy and has experienced significant improvements in his muscle tone and jaw movement since attending McIntyre Centre Riding for Disabled.

“Knowing that Suncorp has helped the Centre continue assisting children achieve their goals makes me proud,” said Gerard.

McIntyre Centre Riding for Disabled deliver life changing opportunities for young Australians living with a disability. Through their therapeutic horse riding program young people with special needs can increase their strength, fitness, coordination, balance and self-esteem.

“The Brighter Futures Grant has enabled the Centre to generate even more income through our thrift stores. Having our own shipping containers means monthly lease payments are a thing of the past. The cost saving will fund an additional horse which ultimately means more riding lessons for young people with a disability,” said Jim Green from McIntyre Centre Riding for Disabled.