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.


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 or by phoning 0403049535.