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									Monday 12 May 2008


    Eastlake backs Pegasus to win in Volunteer Week
Eastlake Football Club has backed a sure winner this week, with the announcement of a $20,000 cash donation to
Pegasus.

Pegasus is a local not-for-profit community organisation that provides equestrian activities for people with a disability.
They offer therapeutic, recreational and sporting programs for their riders and a pathway to Paralympic competition.

The donation will be announced during National Volunteer Week, as Pegasus has chosen to use the money to support
its volunteer program.

“We rely on over 100 volunteers a week to deliver our programs”, explained Pegasus Volunteer Manager, Anna
Sullivan. “Without these volunteers we simply could not operate, so we felt it was appropriate to use this generous
donation to manage our volunteers more effectively.”

The money will be used to employ a dedicated Volunteer Manager who is responsible for the recruitment, training and
retention of these invaluable volunteers.

The quality of Pegasus’s volunteer program has been acknowledged many times; the most recent being their
recognition through the NAB National Volunteer Awards in 2007, where they were the state winner in the small to
medium organisation category.

 “Late last year, Eastlake was looking for a local community organisation to support. We were particularly keen to
work with a program that assisted young people with a disability. We visited Pegasus, saw their programs in action and
witnessed the self-esteem and physical benefits that the kids get from their riding programs and decided very quickly
that we wanted to get involved. In reality, it is going to be a two way relationship, with opportunities for both our
organisations to work together to develop our community. The fact that Pegasus has chosen to use our donation to
further enhance their volunteer program is fantastic and we are delighted to make this announcement during National
Volunteer Week”, Eastlake Board Member, Ron Maginnes explained.

The announcement will take place during the Pegasus Volunteer Celebration dinner to be hosted at Eastlake Football
Club on Wed 14 May. Guest speaker, Paraequestiran rider Rob Oakley, can attest to the difference that the Pegasus
volunteers make in the lives of the riders.

“As well as being a rider, I was actually a Pegasus volunteer myself for many
years and I’m proud to have the opportunity to thank the volunteers for the great
work that they do. Providing support to young people with a disability can make
such a difference to their lives as they take on new challenges and test their
abilities. I know that my own riding has given me enormous opportunities and
self-confidence – something that is often lacking when you have a disability.”

Oakley will also be speaking about his current campaign for selection in the
Paralympic equestrian team that will be competing in Hong Kong in September.

“It’s been a long tough road, but I should hear in mid June whether I’ve been
selected to represent Australia at the Paralympics. That would be a dream come
true for me, but perhaps more importantly it will show many other riders with a
disability what they are capable of if they set their goals high and work hard to
achieve them.”
For more information contact Pegasus Executive Officer, Becky Layton on
0417 495 188.


            119 Drake Brockman Drive, Holt ACT 2615     Patron: Michael Milton OAM
            ph: (02) 6254 9650, ph/fax: 6254 9190       A voluntary organization providing riding for people with disabilities
            email: enquiries@pegasusact.com.au          Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible.
            web: www.pegasusact.com.au
Photo opportunities available by arrangement.




           119 Drake Brockman Drive, Holt ACT 2615   Patron: Michael Milton OAM
           ph: (02) 6254 9650, ph/fax: 6254 9190     A voluntary organization providing riding for people with disabilities
           email: enquiries@pegasusact.com.au        Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible.
           web: www.pegasusact.com.au

								
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