It’s all plain sailing with Rotary!
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.