| Author's Name: Martha Gouniai|
Date: Wed 08 Sep 2021
Despite the challenges of the last year, Making Waves has achieved phenomenal outcomes and created wonderful memories for so many children living with disabilities and/or disadvantage.
As restrictions eased at the end of 2020 we relaunched all our programs. To ensure the safe delivery of these programs we reduced the number of participants on board our yachts while keeping the thrill and quality of the programs intact. MWF offered 28 sails across the three programs, supporting 278 participants.
Wright of Passage was also able to resume with 5 trainees meeting 2 days each week, learning multiple trade skills as they continued work on the restoration of wooden yacht Mercator.
The start of 2021 was an exciting time for MWF with all programs back in full operation in both Sydney and Melbourne enabling us to offer 129 sails with 1005 participants! We were also able to participate in Sail Port Stephens where we trialled a new program combining Winds of Joy with racing, the first time we had school students on board for a complete race.
In addition to our existing programs we piloted a new Indigenous youth program with great success!
In total for 2020/21 MWF conducted 157 sails with 1283 participants, a fantastic achievement during the pandemic creating meaningful impact for Australian children and youth.