The annual bowls day to help raise much needed funds for Sailability Port Macquarie is on again at Port City Bowling Club on March 25.
A collaboration with Sailability and Port Macquarie Marine Rescue, the bowls day is huge fundraiser for Sailability in helping to fund the organisation to give those living with a disability access to go sailing.
Wayne Evans, vice president of Sailability Port Macquarie, said the day was organised by the Travelling Bowlers and all funds raised on the day will go to the two organisations.
“We are really excited for the bowls day as it gives us an opportunity to raise funds to ensure we can keep taking people out on the water,” Mr Evans said.
“The money will go towards our insurance, the maintenance and replacement of equipment and our nine boats and three IRB’s.”
Mr Evans said that in a single day Sailability can take 65 people – of all ages – out on the water and funds raised at the bowls day will go towards equipment that can take more people out.
“We take people from seven to 94 years old out on the water and to see the excitement and joy in their face is incredible, I often say that it is us as volunteers that get more out of the experience than the people we take out,” he said.
“However, at the moment we are limited by the number of people we can take out in a day because we only have two winches.
“From the bowls day we are also hoping to get another winch to ensure more people can get out on the water in a single day.”
Unit commander for Marine Rescue in Port Macquarie, Greg Davies, said that Marine Rescue are passionate about supporting the community and are fully behind the bowls day.
“We try very hard to be involved and active in the boating community and Sailability is such a great organisation so we jumped at the chance to support them with their bowls day,” Mr Davies said.
“Everyone should definitely come down and support the bowls day on March 25.”
On the day breakfast is at 8 am followed by a morning of bowls and lunch.