We recently posted a couple of pictures on our Facebook page of two of our wonderful volunteers accepting awards in 2014.
Chris won the RDA Regional Volunteer of the Year 2014, here he is accepting it from Princess Anne, who is the President of RDA.
That year Cara won the Sportscotland Young Coach of the Year.
Both Chris and Cara are still valued members of the team of volunteers at Ravelrig RDA.
Ravelrig Volunteer Facts We have just over 130 volunteers 62% of the volunteers are under 25 years of age Our oldest volunteer is 75 years old There are 11 volunteer coaches A volunteer works approximately 220 hours a year at Ravelrig
Thank you so much to Katie Allan who ran the Edinburgh Half Marathon and Gillian Hogarth who ran the Edinburgh 10Km both for Ravelrig RDA.
Their hard work and dedication they showed in the run up to the event, training in the terrible weather we have had really paid off and they both thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
It was such a challenge but I am so glad I did it. I have a new found love so I have already signed myself up to do the Scottish half in September.
I just want to say how much fun I had on the day and I am so glad I raised money for such an amazing charity. My sister gets so much pleasure from riding the horses at Ravelrig. Her face lights up and she has a big smile on her face when riding, especially when she is able to trot. It was the only charity I could do the run for because I know how much it means to Emma and my family.
I am celebrating my 50th with a party that evening so I have asked that people sponsor me rather than gifts. I put a moderate target down but hope to raise considerably more. Our daughter, Anna very much enjoys helping at the Balerno RDA and we are delighted that she is training to be an instructor. She is going to Edinburgh university in September to study veterinary medicine so will be able to continue supporting such a great cause.
They have managed to raise an amazingly, wonderful amount of over £2,700 for Ravelrig. We are so grateful to them both and if anyone wants to set themselves a challenge and raise money for Ravelrig in the process, let us know.
We are always looking for new ways to raise money for Ravelrig RDA and over the years a number of volunteers and friends of Ravelrig have taken part in outside events like the Edinburgh or London Marathons, bike rides and sponsored walks.
Katie Allan is currently in training for the Edinburgh Half Marathon and has set up a Just Giving page Ravelrig. Click here to read more about Katie’s challenge.
There is an exciting event coming up on 16th September in Edinburgh called The Kilt Walk. It is also running events in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee throughout the year.
The Kilt Walk is a great event and one of our volunteers Martha took part in the Glasgow event last year and had a great time. All you have to do is register on their website, choose which city you want to take part in, choose which distance you want to walk, either 26, 13 or 6 miles and get searching for your tartan, training shoes and sponsors. You’ll need the Charity number for Ravelrig RDA to start raising money for us and we will receive 140% of your sponsorship.
Here’s some links and information for you if you would like to take part. If you have any questions please let us know on 0131 449 7994 or email@example.com
The Kilt Walk website: http://www.thekiltwalk.co.uk/
Sportscotland Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards 2014
Cara is a Group Coach with Ravelrig RDA and spends every Saturday teaching, as well as caring for the horses and training/motivating other volunteers.
Cara has brought her riders to a standard that they are now competing in a number of regional competitions. She is a fantastic positive role model to her riders, peers and other volunteers at Ravelrig, getting the best from everyone and able to provide ongoing training and support to other volunteers. Cara treats all volunteers riders and their families with dignity and respect and coaches them to their full potential.
In winning this award she was considered for a Sport UK Award and enjoyed an inspiring and encouraging dinner in the Glasgow City Chambers with HRH Princess Royal.
Christopher Jannetta joined Ravelrig as a rider when he was about nine years old. He became a very competent rider and was successful when representing the Group at Regional Dressage competitions. Chris had good personal and social skills and as his riding was of a high standard, the natural progression was for him to become a volunteer.
He continued as a rider alongside volunteering until he felt comfortable to give up his riding placement. He settled easily and quickly and very soon became an important part of the volunteering team.
His achievements were recognised when he won the Regional Volunteer of the Year award in 2014, followed by being honored with the award of RDA Volunteer of the Year and was presented with his trophy by HRH The Princess Royal.