Coast Guard gets boost

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Port Dou­glas Yacht Club has bought 50 mem­ber­ships from the Port Dou­glas Vol­un­teer Coast Guard to help keep their head above water and strengthen ties be­tween the clubs.

PDYC’S Colin Simp­son said he and John Clif­ford from the Port Dou­glas Coast Guard are try­ing to cre­ate a “win-win sit­u­a­tion” for both clubs.

“Ev­ery new yacht reg­is­tra­tion with the yacht club re­ceives a free mem­ber­ship with the Coast Guard,” he said.

’The Coast Guard is a very im­por­tant part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and we are try­ing to help boost mem­ber­ships.”

Mr Clif­ford said the Coast Guard raised about 7 per cent of its to­tal an­nual run­ning costs through do­na­tions and fundrais­ing last year and is hop­ing to im­prove on that.

The PDYC is host­ing a fundrais­ing event in hon­our of the Coast Guard on Fri­day, May 25, with all pro­ceeds do­nated to the Coast Guard. The fes­tiv­i­ties will kick off around mid­day and will be a great op­por­tu­nity to mix with the Clip­per Cup teams.

Photo by JESSIE TOL­SON

Rais­ing a glass: Colin Simp­son and John Clif­ford

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