Cruis­ing yachties raise $40k for prostate re­search

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A TO­TAL of 170 boats took part in the an­nual Shag Islet Cruis­ing Yacht Club (SICYC)’s ren­dezvous off Montes Re­sort at Hy­de­way Bay on the week­end – and $40,000 was raised for prostate can­cer re­search.

From hum­ble be­gin­nings at the first event when $280 was raised, the cruis­ing yachties have now raised more than $80,000 for the cause in five years.

The week­end’s event at- tracted peo­ple from Canada, the USA and all states and ter­ri­to­ries of Aus­tralia.

Founder Ken Thack­eray said the whole week­end was packed with ac­tiv­i­ties and that those who took part were a won­der­ful bunch of peo­ple.

There were more than 600 peo­ple at the party at Montes Re­sort on Satur­day night and guests en­joyed fire­works and a Poly­ne­sian danc­ing show.

The club was founded in April 2009 and now has 2500 mem­bers. More than 100 peo­ple be­came mem­bers on the week­end.

Mr Thack­eray said most of the mem­bers were be­tween the ages of 40 and 70 and this was also the de­mo­graphic of peo­ple di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer.

He said many of the mem­bers were do­ing their own fundrais­ing on the week­end as most peo­ple knew some­one who had been touched by the dis­ease.

He said to have 170 yachts take part was a re­flec­tion of be­ing in the cruis­ing sea­son and that mem­bers con­trib­uted in a silent way to the Whit­sun­days econ­omy.

Mr Thack­eray said the for­ma­tion of the Shag Islet Cruis­ing Yacht Club (SICYC) had sim­ply made th­ese peo­ple more vis­ual in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

GREAT TURNOUT: 170 boats con­verged on Hy­de­away Bay for the Shag Islet Cruis­ing Yacht Club's an­nual ren­dezvous held on the week­end.

FOUNDERS: Found­ing mem­bers of the Shag Islet Cruis­ing Yacht Club, Ken and Rhonda Thack­eray were de­lighted with the turnout to the club's an­nual ren­dezvous on the week­end.

COM­ING ASHORE: Boats com­ing to shore to the call of the drums at the Shag Islet Cruis­ing Yacht Club's ren­dezvous at Hyed­away Bay on the week­end. Photo Rhonda Thorn­craft

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