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Sail 4 Cancer Australia Is Launched!

07 January 2004

We are delighted to announce the creation of Sail 4 Cancer Australia.  The new Australian based charity will be a standalone subsidiary of Sail 4 Cancer UK and will start operations in January 2004.  Skandia Geelong Week 2004 will mark the launch of Sail 4 Cancer in Australia.  As the Official Charity of the Skandia Set Sail programme, Skandia has appointed Sail 4 Cancer as Skandia Geelong Week’s Official Charity (2004-2006).

Sail 4 Cancer Australia will be managed by a mixture of Australians and Britons from the UK management team. Australian sailing legend Nick Moloney will be helping to establish Sail 4 Cancer within the Australian sailing arena.  Nick’s father, Ray, will also be joining the Australian management team.

Importantly, the funds raised within Australia will remain in Australia to help with Australian related projects. The Australian cancer charity Challenge will be one of the first Australian support groups to benefit from Sail 4 Cancer funds.

Skandia Geelong Week

Sail 4 Cancer is delighted to be the Skandia Geelong Week Official Charity (2004-2006), Australia’s largest sailing event. We look forward to working with Skandia and the team at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club to develop the charitable element of Skandia Geelong Week over the next three years.

Sail 4 Cancer’s activities during Skandia Geelong Week 2004 will focus around getting children affected by cancer out on the water. Our objective is to give each child a fun and memorable day out and to allow them to switch off from the reality of their everyday lives albeit for only a short time.

Sail 4 Cancer will be working closely with the Challenge Cancer Support Network. Challenge is Victoria’s major provider of support services for children up to 18 years old/their families living with cancer and other life-threatening blood disorders. Challenge is a recreation-based program that has a focus on fun!  The words “cancer” and “fun” don’t usually go together, but at Challenge, they go hand in hand. For more information, please visit www.challenge.org.au

On Friday 23 January, twenty young cancer patients will get the chance to spend the day sailing on South Australia’s visiting tall ship One & All. The group will have the opportunity to help the professional crew of ten to sail the ship. The trip, which will leave from Williamstown, will be attended by volunteers from Sail 4 Cancer and representatives from Challenge.

Twenty young cancer patients will get the chance to spend the afternoon onboard Skandia Wild Thing whilst berthed in Geelong. The children will get the chance to meet and congratulate Grant Wharrington and the boat’s crew who steered the super maxi to its line honours victory in the 2003 Rolex Sydney to Hobart.

Smaller groups of cancer patients will also get the chance to get out on the water with Skandia Charlie Fish, the first UK crew to race at Skandia Geelong Week representing Skandia Cowes Week. These trips will take place on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday leading up to the regatta.

Ashore, Sail 4 Cancer will also be hosting the infamous Lewmar Winch Grinding Competition on its Skandia Geelong Week stand (Royal Geelong Yacht Club, in front of the main stage), building further on the partnership which was so successful at Skandia Cowes Week 2003. Sail 4 Cancer is Lewmar’s Official Charity.

The unit, which simulates tacking an America’s Cup boat, will be used to help generate much needed funds. Each participant will be asked to make a minimum donation of $5 to take part.

In addition to prizes being awarded to the fastest male, female and mixed teams, there will also be a star prize where the winners will be drawn at random. The Challenge takes up to 20 seconds to complete and provides a good work out!  The fastest time to date is 8.15 seconds, set by Matt Blakestone and Jamie Mills during Skandia Cowes Week 2003.

The Royal Geelong Yacht Club will also be holding a raffle, the proceeds of which will be split between Sail 4 Cancer Australia and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club’s Cadet Youth Development Programme.

The prize is a Sunsail yacht charter in Australia’s premier sailing destination, the Whitsunday Islands. The charter will last for 6 days and 5 nights on a luxury 40 foot yacht and is usually priced at $4,625. Tickets, priced at $5 will be available from the Royal Geelong Yacht Club and the Sail 4 Cancer stand.

Sail 4 Cancer Australia Is Launched!
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