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Jack Field, Volunteer at Henderson Group RDA

Jack Field has been volunteering since 1975 after attending a meeting with Tom Atchison, the founder of Riding for the Disabled in New Zealand.  He has been with this Group for over 37 years and was in fact one of their founding members.

He has given freely of his time to help with horses, setting up for the rallies, being on the committee, doing odd jobs that were needed and generally being a devoted supporter of RDA.
At 92 years of age, he still comes to the Group to help with the clean-up and can often be seen on the back of the trailer picking up equipment.  Jack is described as being a great talker and can tell many wonderful stories about the early days of RDA.  He is full of praise for the people who have made the organisation flourish with all their hard work and energy, yet he is very humble about his own contribution  He is always wise cheerful and kind and the Group loves him dearly.

In 2014, Jack was announced as the winner of the 2014 NZRDA Chair’s Award, which recognises  the efforts of a Volunteer, Rider or Horse over a period of time.  Jack, as one of the most experienced Volunteers in RDA in New Zealand, was a deserved winner of this award.

In addition, Jack was selected as a Regional Finalist in the Pride of New Zealand Awards in 2014.  The inaugural Pride of New Zealand Awards in 2014, launched by the New Zealand Herald, The Hits and TSB Bank, aimed to recognise kiwis from across six categories: Bravery & Heroism, Community Spirit, Fundraiser of the Year, Emergency Services, Environment and Lifetime Achievement.

Jack was nominated in the’Lifetime Achievement’ category, in recognition of his 37 years of hard work and commitment to this Group, where he waschosen as an Upper North IslandRegional Finalist in this category.

Although Jack lost out in this category to another well-regarded Volunteer from another charity, NZRDA congratulates Jack for being chosen as a Pride of New Zealand Regional Finalist, and thanks him for his tireless dedication to the work of RDA in New Zealand.

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