Boost for Gold Coast project teaching people of all abilities to sail

A Gold Coast project which gives so much back to the community, has received a big boost, securing a $1000 grant.

Sailability is the local winner after the Runaway Bay Lions Club agreed to help Lions Australia give away more than $100,000 to 100 projects as part of its Community 100 program.

To qualify for funding, projects needed to make a difference to the community in the fields of youth, vision, hunger or the environment.


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Sailability is a true community non-profit organisation whose principal purpose is to facilitate sailing and boating for people of all ages with mental & physical disability. They believe in making the impossible happen & with the help of approx. 40-50 volunteers every Tuesday they are able to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to make their dreams of freedom on the water a reality.

Sailability with $1000 cheque. Image: Runaway Bay Lions Club

Sailability with $1000 cheque. Image: Runaway Bay Lions Club

Imagine the thrill of sailing for people who can feel & hear but have no sight, or of sailing a boat at speed yet they cannot walk or where deafness does not matter. The sport of sailing has given added meaning to the words freedom & fun for a person with diminished capabilities be they physical, intellectual or both. They see 80-100 clients every week come back from there sail with the biggest smiles on their  faces that only warm your heart.

As a non-profit organisation their only means of attracting funds is by internal fund-raising including raffles and sausage sizzles & the generosity of individuals and Gold Coast businesses.

Runaway Bay Lions Club is pleased to put a little extra wind in the sails of this wonderful community group.

If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of people, contact can be made by email to runawaybaylions@hotmail.com or by phoning 0403049535.

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