Bunbury Turf Club and Community TAB have joined forces to raise funds for Riding for the Disabled (RDA) South West at the annual Bunbury Cup on Saturday, 6 March.

RDA assists people with disabilities through sporting, therapeutic, educational, and recreational equestrian activities.

Bunbury Turf Club CEO Alex Doble said the Community TAB program is a great opportunity to better engage with the local community and support local charities.

“RDA South West help adults and children with disabilities, special needs and mental health issues develop their abilities and enrich their life through an experience with a horse,” Alex said.

“We will have donation tin rattlers on course raising funds to support RDA South West to maintain their activities.”

“Our annual Bunbury Cup is a major event for the South West region with a minimum attendance of 6,000 people.”

Community TAB will be matching funds raised on the day up to $5,000.

RWWA Chair Jeff Ovens said the positive effects of the Community TAB program have been extensive for regional WA, with 48 of WA’s race clubs based in regional communities.

“RWWA recognises that race clubs across WA play an important role in their community, contributing both economically and socially, with partnerships like these an example of the strong connection race clubs have within the communities in which they operate,” Mr Ovens said.

“Community TAB is proud to play our part in giving back to the community, and our donation to Narrogin Riding for the Disabled South West is just one of more than 50 community organisations that will be supported as part of the program.”

The Community TAB dollar matching program has been in effect from early 2015 and has since raised over $700,000 for not-for-profit organisations around WA through partnerships with local race clubs.