A couple of years ago someone said, "You guys are making waves these days", and we thought, "What a great name for our regatta!"
Fast forward two years and we realized how it truly represents our aspirations, what we have become, and where we're going.
You have been part of our journey for the last 25 years, so I wanted you to know that we have made the decision to change our name to the Making Waves Foundation as of Friday 6th March (which coincides with our annual Making Waves Regatta). It will reflect the wider role we are playing in society. Making Waves truly resonates with our aspiration to provide inclusive and unique sailing programs, while unlocking the potential of the disadvantaged and disengaged Australian youth.
The synonymous part of Sailors with disABILITIES and Making Waves Foundation is that we have always been at the vanguard of change. The charity is expanding to address the challenges in today's society - most recently with our Wright of Passage program. In Sydney, Wright of Passage teaches shipwright and woodworking skills to disadvantaged and disengaged young people.
These 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 we have led a crew in the Sydney 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.
Our yachts with trained volunteer 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.
So you can see that we are making waves and challenging today's society, and therefore we felt that Making Waves reflected the attitude and aspirations of what we are doing for the future.
I look forward to your continued support.