Paralympics gold medallist urges support for fundraising event

Posted: October 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Two women with inspirational stories about their return to the sport they love after       near-fatal accidents will take centre stage at a gala fundraising dinner on October 12 at Flemington Racecourse.

Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria (RDAV) is staging the fundraising event, titled ‘A Night of Champions’.

Equestrian gold medal winner at the 2012 London Paralympics, Joann Formosa, will be a guest at the event as will Meg Wade, Australia’s most successful international endurance rider before a serious fall left her with a traumatic brain injury.

Joann Formosa suffered severe damage to her central nervous system after a horse riding accident 35 years ago, but it did not stop her pursuing her passion. Riding gives her a purpose in life. “If I couldn’t ride my horse I don’t think I’d be alive today,” she says.

“After my accident RDAV did an amazing job helping me get back into riding. It’s hard to describe how grateful I am for their support.

“I urge people to buy tickets to the fundraising dinner. It will be a great night in support of RDAV which does a fantastic job.”

Meg Wade will be discussing her courageous struggle to walk and ride again after falling from her horse during an endurance event and spending 30 days in a coma. Meg rode with RDAV during her rehabilitation.

RDAV has over 800 volunteers who provide equestrian activities to more than 1100 riders with disabilities at 37 centres around Victoria.

The gala fundraising dinner, proudly supported by Cummins, will be hosted by popular actor and singer Tim Campbell.


For tickets to the event call:                                                                            

Racing Victoria Customer First Team on 1300 139 401


For further information contact:

Ariella Stone, RDAV state office, 03 92584730


Lesley Hewitt, RDAV state president, 0407 843 928

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