Vol­un­teers needed for Sail­abil­ity pro­gram

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

SAILABILTY Whit­sun­day is seek­ing vol­un­teers to help pro­vide sail­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity at Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

The group has op­er­ated for a few years now and has gained a great rep­u­ta­tion and a good re­source of ac­cess dinghies, es­pe­cially de­signed for other­abled peo­ple to safely en­joy the thrill of sail­ing. Of course, as with so many groups in the re­gion, Sail­abil­ity has the prob­lem of need­ing vol­un­teers when oth­ers have to move or go sail­ing.

Pres­i­dent of Sail­abil­ity Whit­sun­day Lyn Chalmers said they were very short of vol­un­teers at the mo­ment and would hate to see their ser­vice scaled back.

Com­mu­nity So­lu­tions Can­non­vale rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ta­mara Ue­ber­gang said all of their clients thor­oughly en­joy Sail­abil­ity and said the ben­e­fits are in- valu­able. “Sail­abil­ity is def­i­nitely a high­light of our pro­gram and both our clients and sup­port work­ers look for­ward to the great day.

The vol­un­teers are amaz­ing, the friend­ships are won­der­ful and the sausage siz­zle is pretty good too,” she said. Pres­i­dent of Sail­abil­ity Queens­land John Ha­maty will visit later this month and is hop­ing to meet lo­cal sailors and vol­un­teers once again.“I'm plan­ning to come to Air­lie on Septem­ber 30 and hope­fully we can get new vol­un­teers lined up for train­ing by then,” he said this week. “I will be speaking at the Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach meet­ing and posters will be dis­played widely as well so there should be some good re­sults. No spe­cial skills are re­quired of vol­un­teers and any­one want­ing to get in­volved in the pro­gram should con­tact Nikki Twohill on 0433 989 044.

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