Sailability heading in the right direction

Thanks: Wayne Evans thanks corporate sponsors Joy Kirkman and Arcadia Loughland from Smarter Property Groups.
Thanks: Wayne Evans thanks corporate sponsors Joy Kirkman and Arcadia Loughland from Smarter Property Groups.

SAILABILITY president Wayne Evans is confident they are heading in the right direction.

There's no doubt they have the full support of the community with a pontoon out over the water to be the next major work.

"We've got the development application approved for the pontoon and we hope to have that finished by the start of next year," he said.

"Already we've raised $35,000 for that pontoon and we're now working with engineers and architects.

He doesn't see what he does as anything out of the ordinary.

"I just do what I can to help the community, but the twinkle in the people's eyes after they come out of the water is quite something," he said.

"We've raised close to $100,000 in just over two and a half years.

"Being involved with Sailability is the first time I've sent someone up the river and they've thanked me for it.

"We have people who come and show visitors to the area and then hopefully try to implement what we do in their own local area. It's something we want to see more of."

Combined effort: Sailability volunteers and sponsors.

Combined effort: Sailability volunteers and sponsors.

On Wednesday morning Mr Evans and Sailability thanked their sponsors for their involvement with an awards presentation.

In total 17 sponsors attended the morning tea which was a number that is steadily growing.

"People see what we do and want to be involved," Mr Evans said.

Over the next couple of years Sailability hope to increase their sailing days from Wednesday to also include Saturday mornings.

"We envisage doing two days a week including Saturday because we know there are people who want to do Wednesday's but can't due to working commitments."

They cover for a range of ages with the youngest crew member in year five at primary school while the oldest is 94 years old.

"We cater for all degrees of disability and there's even a bit of competition between the caterers and the people we cater for," Mr Evans said.

"We've got a focus and we're heading in the right direction."