20 February 2020 - One of Australia’s premier sailing charities today said it has changed its name to reflect its new activities and the wider role it plays in our society up and down Australia’s East Coast.
"For 25 years it has been an honour to be known as Sailors with disABILITIES," said founder David Pescud, "giving sailing abilities to all Australians particularly focused on the disabled and disadvantaged."
"Making Waves truly reflects our aspiration to provide inclusive and unique sailing, while unlocking potential of young Australians. Making Waves proves that 'it is all about what you can do' he added.
"We will continue to show that people with a disability or those who are disadvantaged can make a positive impact."
David said the charity is expanding to address the challenges in today’s society, most recently with its Wright of Passage (WOP) program. In Sydney, WOP teaches shipwright and woodworking skills to disadvantaged and disengaged young people.
These young people achieve the impossible – they rebuilt a sinking yacht to a seaworthy state, then sailed it out the Sydney Heads and on to Hobart. They presented their workmanship in the Bi-Annual Wooden Boat Festival and have since moved into careers and further education.
"For 25 years, our charity has led a crew in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Last year, we crossed the finish line with an inclusive crew of abled, disadvantaged and disabled sailors. We proved that being challenged by circumstance doesn’t mean being left behind,” David said.
"Our yachts with trained crews are supporting children through sailing that extends from Mackay to Hobart while having a permanent presence in Sydney and Melbourne. We achieve this with our dedicated sailing volunteers. We are always seeking funds to keep our yachts in top shape for our expanding programs."
"Our programs are growing, but as we receive no funding, we rely on donors and our volunteers to keep us sailing."
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