| Author's Name: Martha Gouniai|
Date: Tue 25 May 2021
The MWF story is a story of volunteers. It is about people wanting to share the love of sailing with communities of people often disregarded and unseen.
Since 1994 our family of volunteers has taken over 50,000 people with disabilities or disadvantage sailing and it was a real joy to recently recognise their service and dedication.
Thanks to the generosity and support of Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club who donated their venue and catering, we hosted a fantastic volunteer party in March this year.
The group celebrated our successful navigation of the past year, by playing games from the new Making Waves Ashore program - a series of on shore activities that compliment our on water programs. The volunteers thoroughly enjoyed the competition on offer!
The years of service represented at this event was phenomenal! There were volunteers who were only a few weeks into their journey, alongside those who were amongst the founding group that took on the Sydney to Hobart as a crew of sailors with disabilities more than 26 years ago.
To recognise these achievements, Service Pins were awarded for 5, 10 and 20 years - with 6 attending volunteers receiving the 20 year pin - a testament to the sense of community and belonging that characterises the MWF family.
It is no surprise then that 63 of our current volunteers have been with us for 5 years or more and 31 new volunteers have joined the organisation in 2021 alone