It’s all plain sail­ing with Ro­tary!

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Rotary Corner -

Peo­ple with many types of dis­abil­ity en­joy the thrill of sail­ing thanks to Sail­abil­ity. Cen­tres are based at Ferry Mead­ows, Grafham Wa­ter and Rutland. Mem­bers of lo­cal clubs sup­port Sail­abil­ity, not just in the form of dona­tions but with prac­ti­cal hands-on as­sis­tance. The re­wards of en­abling some­one with a dis­abil­ity to find free­dom on the wa­ter are in­de­scrib­able. Sail­abil­ity would not be afloat with­out the help of Ro­tary.

Last au­tumn the Lord Lieu­tenant of Cam­bridgeshire of­fi­cially opened two brand new log cabins at Grafham Wa­ter pro­vid­ing spa­cious fa­cil­i­ties for the dis­abled sailors and their equip­ment. Sir Hugh Du­berly has long been a keen sup­porter of Sail­abil­ity. Fif­teen Ro­tary clubs had been in­volved in some way and were present at the cer­e­mony. A Ro­tary District grant helped swell the funds and, to­gether with trusts, other or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als, a grand to­tal of £80,000 was raised. Three lo­cal Ro­tary Clubs had planned the project with Grafham Sail­abil­ity. It took many months of hard ne­go­ti­a­tion and ac­tive fundrais­ing to bring to com­ple­tion. The fab­u­lous new club­house and boathouse will give even more dis­abled peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to sail.

Sail­abil­ity and Ro­tary wel- come new mem­bers with dis­abil­i­ties, even those who have never been sail­ing be­fore. The fo­cus is very much on ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion. Mem­bers are coached to sail to the best of their abil­ity, whether with a sail­ing buddy-in­struc­tor or solo. Able bod­ied helpers are also wel­comed to help rig and launch boats.

Con­tact your near­est Sail­abil­ity Cen­tre if you would like to find out more. A friendly wel­come is guar­an­teed whether you are a dis­abled sailor or will­ing vol­un­teer.

Did you have a yo-yo when you were young? St Ives Ro­tary Club has been given a cou­ple of dozen high qual­ity pink yo-yos. Mem­bers are us­ing them to raise money for the Pri­mary Breast Can­cer Sup­port Group at Hinch­ing­brooke Hospi­tal. Don’t miss out! Go along to the White Hart or Seven Wives in St Ives, King Wil­liam IV in Fen­stan­ton, Samuel Pepys or Da Vinci’s Wine Bar in Hunt­ing­don, King of the Bel­gians or Bar­ley Mow in Hart­ford, Royal Oak in God­manch­ester, Three Jolly Butch­ers in Wy­ton or the Axe and Com­pass in Hem­ing­ford Ab­bots on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 26th at 8pm to test your skills. You would have a great night, loads of fun and could win pink cham­pagne. This is a fab­u­lous idea sup­ported by the Hol­ly­wood or Bust ladies – well done Ro­tary.

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