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Official Charity Of Skandia Geelong Week

14 January 2004

Sail 4 Cancer Is Official Charity Of Skandia Geelong Week

Sail 4 Cancer has been appointed as the Official Charity of Skandia Geelong Week 2004/6 building on the partnership which was so successful at Skandia Cowes Week 2003.  Sail 4 Cancer is also the Official Charity of the Skandia Set Sail programme.

Much of Sail 4 Cancer’s activities during Skandia Geelong Week 2004 will focus around getting children affected by cancer out on the water.  Twenty children will be treated to a day out on One & All, the visiting tall ship from South Australia.  A further twenty children will also get the chance to explore the super maxi “Skandia” whilst she is berthed in Geelong.  They will also meet the crew who steered Skandia to glory in the recent Rolex Sydney to Hobart race.  Several of the Skandia Squad crews will also be getting cancer patients afloat prior to the start of the event.

Richard Groome, one of the Charity’s Founders in the UK explained:

“Skandia Geelong Week marks the launch of Sail 4 Cancer Australia, a standalone subsidiary of its UK parent which will be run entirely on a voluntary basis.  Importantly, the funds raised within Australia will stay in Australia to help with Australian projects.  I would like to say a huge thank you to Skandia for giving us this opportunity”.

During Skandia Geelong Week, Sail 4 Cancer will also be running the infamous Lewmar Winch Grinding Competition on their Geelong stand (in front of the main stage).  In addition to a selection of prizes for the fastest male, female and mixed teams, there will also be a Star Prize which will be drawn at random.  Therefore, anyone can win even if they don’t clock up the fastest time.  Each participant will be asked to make a minimum donation of $5 to take part.  For all those budding America’s Cup enthusiasts out there the time to beat is 8.15 seconds!

André Oszmann, Skandia Group Marketing Director, added:

“The presence of such a worthy and apt charity as Sail 4 Cancer was a key component of the success of Skandia Cowes Week 2003. By raising their awareness to the sailing community, they were able to demonstrate the benefits they are providing to cancer-sufferers and their families. I’m really pleased that we are now welcoming them to do the same at Skandia Geelong Week.”

Official Charity Of Skandia Geelong Week
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