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Monday, 22 September 2014
Page: 9951

Mrs PRENTICE (Ryan) (13:41): I rise today speak about a remarkable organisation in my electorate of Ryan, the McIntyre Centre. The McIntyre Centre does amazing work in our community by providing weekly therapeutic equestrian sessions for around 200 children and young people with disabilities. The centre provides a range of activities and support services for these young people and their families and also receives great support from the community.

I recently attended their Party in the Paddock, a big community day the centre holds every two years. This year was a very special year for the McIntyre Centre as they celebrated their 50th anniversary. More than 5,000 people joined the celebration this year, and I am delighted to announce that, as a result of the involvement of so many community groups, organisations and individuals, the centre reached their fundraising goal of $50,000. This is a wonderful result and will help support all the young people and their families to continue to thrive in their programs.

The McIntyre Centre is an integral part of our community and continues to enhance the lives of these special young people. They should be very proud of their achievements, and I wish them the very best for another successful 50 years. Congratulations to everyone involved.