Masked heroes fight cancer
SICYC ball recognises contributors
“THEY don’t stand up and ask for accolades.”
This is what Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club (SICYC) founder and “Vice Commodore” Ken Thackeray had to say about the “outstanding” volunteer work demonstrated by club members and recognised at a Masquerade Cocktail Party at Hemingway’s on Saturday.
The SICYC has a purpose which is two-fold: to promote strength in a cruising network for yachties and to also contribute funds to prostate cancer research.
On Saturday a select few members were presented with awards to acknowledge their commitment to the club and Mr Thackeray said it was a “tough call” to only single out a few.
“We have members from 17 nations from all over the world (and) amongst those members we have very dynamic people,” he said.
“Many don’t profile themselves and they sit quietly in the background and do marvellous work.
“Others profile themselves and, in doing so, bring others into the fold.
“So it becomes very difficult when we look at outstanding achievement because we have to look down into what SICYC is all about to find the people who do the hard yards.”
Ian Anderson was presented with the Gold Salty Award for individual achievement, Tony Little took the Silver Salty Award and bronze went to Dianna and Stewart Scarborough.
The SICYC Hero award given to those who sponsor SICYC to the “highest degree” was awarded to Brian and Kay Bond.
But Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia board member Richard Bennett said the real heroes were Ken and Rhonda Thackeray “who started this from nothing by just getting some yachties together to raise money for prostate cancer research which is a disease that affects men greatly”.
“Almost double the amount of people lose their lives to prostate cancer as women lose to breast cancer now,” he said.
Since it’s inception in 2009, SICYC members have raised more than $400,000.
VICE COMMODORES: Dianna and Stewart Scarborough, Brian and Kay Bond, Tony Little and Evan Johnston at the SICYC Masquerade Ball.