Quota puts wind into sails of youth

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Tamera Fran­cis Tamera.Fran­cis@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

SAIL­ABIL­ITY will con­tinue to help dis­abled and dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren and young adults; ex­pe­ri­ence the mean­ing of their motto “free­dom on the wa­ter”.

With the help of or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Quota In­ter­na­tional, Sail­abil­ity is able to keep run­ning within the com­mu­nity.

An­drew Mar­shall trea­surer of Sail­abilty said do­na­tions such as QUOTA’s an­nual con­tri­bu­tion kept the club go­ing.

“Learn­ing to sail cre­ates ex­pe­ri­ences and en­ables ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing for the clients,” he said.

“With­out the help of vol­un­teers we wouldn’t be able to keep go­ing,” Mr Mar­shall said.

Sail­abil­ity is con­stantly on the look­out for new vol­un­teers to keep the club run­ning.

Ex­pe­ri­enced sailors, teach­ers or com­mu­nity mem­bers in gen­eral are en­cour­aged to get in con­tact with the club.

“We as­sist with train­ing and take care of or heav­ily sub­sidise the costs to ob­tain blue cards and first aid qual­i­fi­ca­tions re­quired to help out at the club,” Mr Mar­shall said.

Look­ing into the fu­ture, Sail­abil­ity Whit­sun­day is look­ing to work with more dis­ad­van­taged young adults and teach them the im­por­tance of team­work, Mr Mar­shall said.

On Tues­day morn­ing af­ter their fort­nightly meet­ing, mem­bers were joined by QUOTA pres­i­dent Barb Kin­sey and vice pres­i­dent Mar­garet Perkins.

The ladies handed over a do­na­tion that will go to­wards the over­head costs of run­ning the club.

The ladies said QUOTA Whit­sun­days felt priv­i­leged to help such a great cause.

The Whit­sun­day Sail­abil­ity branch opened in late 2010 and has em­pow­ered many young adults since.

PHOTO: TAMERA FRAN­CIS

EASTER SAIL: Sail­abil­ity mem­bers and clients with QUOTA Whit­sun­day mem­bers Mar­garet Perkins and Barb Kin­sey.

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