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HorsePower Australia: horses, healing and happiness | Telethon Community Cinemas

Kleenheat’s been proud partner of Telethon Community Cinemas since 2010, supporting local fundraising efforts aimed at making life easier for kids in health or physical crisis.

We caught up with local Telethon Community Cinemas beneficiary, HorsePower Australia, to learn more about the positive impact they’re having in the community.

The HorsePower experience

HorsePower Australia (HorsePower) is a registered voluntary, charitable not for profit organisation supporting individuals with diversabilities across WA.HorsePower entry sign

They offer horse-assisted therapeutic, educational, recreational and sporting activities aimed at empowering children to break through physical, cognitive and emotional barriers utilising the power of the horse to develop their abilities and enrich their lives.

Previously known as Riding for the Disabled Association of Western Australia, HorsePower Australia has been a Telethon Community Cinemas fundraising beneficiary for 18 years and today operates 14 member centres in WA – including Perth, Geraldton, and the South West and Great Southern regions.

Their programs range from riding and carriage driving, to vaulting, hippotherapy (balance and core stability) or simply walking with horses.

Nicky Bushell, Vice President at HorsePower Swan Valley, has been volunteering with HorsePower for 25 years and considers the organisation’s Telethon Community Cinemas partnership vitally important.

“Fundraising is essential for helping provide the basic items that keep our centre going. We’ve been providing children with unique life-changing activities for over 45 years and take great pride in the fact that our organisation is over 90% volunteer based.”

HorsePower’s team of 600 volunteers includes two experienced coaches, educational assistants, teachers, physiotherapists and business administrators – each donating their time because they love helping others in need.

HorsePower’s mission is simple: to help children one hoof beat at a time. Nicky explains horses offer a special bond with children; non-judgmental, willing to do what’s asked of them and warm and comforting for kids.

“Our HorsePower team has seen plenty of success over the years, from clients simply enjoying a fun day out developing their skills and confidence, through to participants going on to excel at Olympic level.”

What does the future hold for HorsePower?

HorsePower helps people in the community who suffer from disabilities of all kinds, including physical, emotional and socially isolated issues.

They’re now looking to expand our organisation to be a full-time service, offering daily programs for our local community.

“HorsePower receives no government funding and relies on riding fees as a key source of income. Telethon Community Cinemas is our main sponsor, which together with associated partners and sponsors including Kleenheat offers incredible support for us. We wouldn’t have this centre without them.”

Getting involved

Shelly handling a horse at HorsePowerHorsePower Australia’s Swan Valley Centre is located in Henley Brook – just ten minutes north of Guildford or five minutes south of Ellenbrook – along West Swan Road.

The team welcomes all inquiries, whether it’s volunteers looking to get involved or parents or carers with a child they think would benefit from HorsePower’s programs.

If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved, check out the HorsePower website or connect with their Swan Valley Centre on Facebook.

About Telethon Community Cinemas

Telethon Community Cinemas Founding Director and Event Coordinator, Ken Gibbons, describes the popular WA attraction as a place to socialise and picnic together, while raising funds for charities.

“Telethon Community Cinemas is an all-volunteer organisation dedicated to raising funds for programmes through charities that seek to improve the quality of life of children in a health or physical ability crisis. Our emphasis is on people, primarily family & friends, having the opportunity to socialise and picnic together before watching the films.”

The Telethon Community Cinemas team is fuelled by the energy and commitment of approximately 700 volunteers across four venues. Since 2001, Telethon Community Cinemas has raised over $9 million – with a target to reach $10 million by the end of its twentieth season.

Right now, eight major beneficiaries receive support through Telethon Community Cinemas – while many other local organisations and charities have benefited from funds raised by Telethon Community Cinemas across previous seasons.

Supporting the communities that support us

As proud partners of Telethon Community Cinemas, we hope you enjoy your next open air movie experience in the knowledge you’re making a positive impact on the lives of young people in WA.

Last year we got to know Telethon Community Cinemas volunteers and local charity beneficiary, 12 Buckets. Jaxon riding with assistance from HorsePower volunteers

As WA’s local energy provider, we’re committed to supporting the communities where we operate and helping local organisations and charities do great things across Western Australia and Northern Territory.

Our partnerships span grassroots initiatives through to state-wide programs, each focusing on making a difference in the community.

As WA’s born and bred gas provider, we love supporting local causes. For more information on Telethon Community Cinemas locations and screenings, or to join the volunteering team, head to www.communitycinemas.com.au.

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