Sail­abil­ity cel­e­brat­ing suc­cess­ful Aus­tralia Day

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MEM­BERS of the or­gan­i­sa­tion Sail­abil­ity Whit­sun­day are cel­e­brat­ing the suc­cess of a spe­cial Aus­tralia Day fundrais­ing event, held at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club (WSC) on Satur­day, Jan­uary 25.

Per­fect weather con­di­tions al­lowed Sail­abil­ity Whit­sun­day vol­un­teers to op­er­ate dinghy sail­ing trips in con­junc­tion with the club’s Aus­tralia Day ac­tiv­i­ties, both of which raised much-needed funds for the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Sail­abil­ity vol­un­teers also manned an early morn­ing mar­ket stall to pro­mote com­mu­nity aware­ness, be­fore head­ing to the club for a busy af­ter­noon on the wa­ter.

New Sail­abil­ity Whit­sun­day pres­i­dent Ross Win­ter­bourn thanked the com­mu­nity, Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club and vol­un­teers for their hard work and do­na­tions, all of which he de­scribed as vi­tal to Sail­abil­ity’s suc­cess.

He also ex­tended a spe­cial “thank you” to the par­ents of for­mer WSC mem­ber Dan Kane, John and Mim, for their gen­er­ous do­na­tion to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Mr Win­ter­bourn said 2014 was shap­ing up to be an ex­cit­ing year for the lo­cal Sail­abil­ity branch, with the re­cent ap­proval of a grant to build a new stor­age fa­cil­ity to op­er­ate from.

“Sail­abil­ity has been steadily ex­pand­ing in vol­un­teers and par­tic­i­pants and the unique ex­pe­ri­ence Sail­abil­ity of­fers its clients is a won­der­ful as­set to this com­mu­nity,” he said.

Sail­abil­ity is a world-wide or­gan­i­sa­tion, which aims to pro­vide sup­port and op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties to de­velop their in­ter­ests in sail­ing, re­gard­less of age or lev­els of abil­ity.

No sail­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is needed, just the mo­ti­va­tion to ex­pe­ri­ence a new fron­tier.

The whole ex­pe­ri­ence re­volves around par­tic­i­pants en­joy­ing the op­por­tu­nity to get out on the wa­ter and view their lo­cal back­yard from a new and safe en­vi­ron­ment.

Vol­un­teers also have the op­por­tu­nity to learn to sail, give back to the com­mu­nity and de­velop ca­ma­raderie with new peo­ple while be­ing part of a wor­thy or­gan­i­sa­tion. Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity in­ter­ested in join­ing this team as a vol­un­teer or par­tic­i­pant can call 0427 059 688 or 0433 989 044.

GREAT CAUSE: John and Mim Kane and Sail­abil­ity Whit­sun­day pres­i­dent Ross Win­ter­bourn and com­mit­tee mem­bers Deb Sta­ples and Jenny Strat­ford, cel­e­brat­ing the suc­cess of the or­gan­i­sa­tion's Aus­tralia Day fundrais­ing event.

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