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The Marine Industry Foundation (MIF) is pleased to announce that it has provided grant funding to assist the Rushcutters Bay branch of Sailability NSW with boat maintenance and repairs. Sailability Rushcutters Bay estimates that over the past 12 months over 1,000 sailing opportunities for people with disabilities have been provided, using two David Payne-designed ‘Salvos’.
MIF Board Chairman Howard Glenn said it was very pleasing to see Foundation funding being used for very practical purposes.
“The grant of $3,299 will be used to repair the two Salvos, which will allow continued access to boating for people who would otherwise miss out. This meets one of the core funding purposes of the Foundation,” Mr Glenn 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.
James Dwyer is the Fundraising Officer at Sailability Rushcutters Bay. James 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.”
MIF has previously provided grant funding to Fishability in Western Australia and to Sailability Middle Harbour in NSW.
MIF Public Officer Colin Bransgrove said the Foundation wants to assist more organisations that are increasing community access to boating.
“The Foundation is also able to assist businesses and individuals in the recreational marine industry with support for education, training and specific skills development.”
Details of the Marine Industry Foundation are available from the Foundation’s website.
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