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Sailability Great Lakes Club has purchased its first accessible dinghies thanks to a $19,500 grant from our Charitable Foundation.

Wednesday 1 February, 2017.

Established in 2015 and operated from Coomba Park Aquatic Gardens on Wallis Lake, the Club has previously relied on boats loaned by other Sailability clubs to run its local program for people with disabilities, those facing financial and social disadvantage.

Sailability NSW President and Treasurer at Sailability Great Lakes, John Price, said after their loan dinghies were needed by other Clubs, the new dinghies enabled them to run the program for the almost 150 sailors each month from local disability and community groups and more than 100 from school holiday groups.

Although our club has only been operating for a little over a year, there are hundreds of local people who rely on the specialised equipment and safe environment for the recreational, therapeutic and training opportunities provided by sailing.

John Price
Sailability NSW President and Treasurer

“As the first in our very own fleet, the new dinghies funded by Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation make the local Club sustainable because we know we can provide the program with our own equipment – we’re really excited,” Mr Price said.

Charitable Foundation Executive Officer, Graham Batten, said that Sailability had become a valued part of the community since it established in the Great Lakes.

“Demand for Sailability programs is growing throughout NSW, and it’s clear how beneficial the experience of sailing can be for people with any number of limitations who would otherwise not be able to participate in something others take for granted.”

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