Marine Industry Foundation helps fund Sailability repairs
Rushcutters Bay Sailability NSW gets grant for essential boat maintenance.
The Rushcutters Bay branch of Sailability NSW has received a grant of $3,299 from the Marine Industry Foundation (MIF) to carry out much-needed repairs to two of its boats.
The charitable organisation estimates that over the past year it has provided over 1,000 sailing opportunities for people with disabilities. It uses two David Payne designed ‘Salvos’ which are now in need of repair.
James Dwyer, fundraising officer at Sailability Rushcutters Bay, said the funds will enable essential repairs to a rotten deck on one of the Salvos and to replace an old jib furler.
“We are most grateful to the Marine Industry Foundation for assisting us in this way,” he said.
MIF board chairman Howard Glenn said it was very pleasing to see Foundation funding being used for very practical purposes.
“The grant will allow continued access to boating for people who would otherwise miss out. This meets one of the core funding purposes of the Foundation,” he said.
MIF was established in 2015 to broaden community access to the benefits of recreational boating and to assist the marine industry to grow and develop as a significant provider of social, recreational and employment opportunities. It has previously provided grant funding to Fishability in Western Australia and to Sailability Middle Harbour in NSW.
“The Foundation is also able to assist businesses and individuals in the recreational marine industry with support for education, training and specific skills development,” said MIF public officer Colin Bransgrove.