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Skandia Geelong Week Smashes Fundraising Target

26 January 2005

Sail 4 Cancer Australia has announced that donations for the Skandia Geelong Week campaign will be at least $45,000 which beats the charity’s target for the event.  The target of $42,000 was directly linked to the number of kilometers that Australian sailor Nick Moloney would have to sail to complete his voyage around the world as part of his entry into the Vendee Globe.

The news comes as Nick, one of Sail 4 Cancer’s principal Patrons, is awaiting rescue off the coast of Brazil following the loss of his keel during the latter stages of the race.

In making the announcement at Royal Geelong Yacht Club today, charity Director Allison Murphy said that the result might be a small consolation to Nick, who got within 14 days of the 90-day race and being the first person in history to race around the world in three major disciplines.  Nick’s parents were at the end of the phone during the event and his father Ray (a Director of Sail 4 Cancer Australia) said that this would come as a welcome lift to the sailing icon at a very difficult time.

Allison went on to say:

“While devastated for Nick, we are delighted to be able to announce this fundraising result.  Hopefully this news will put a smile back on Nick’s face, not to mention that of his parents Ray and Creina who have been understandably anxious about Nick’s progress throughout the gruelling 42,000 kilometre journey.  Whilst we are still counting coins, the figures so far reflect the amazing generosity of the sailing communities, Geelong people, local businesses, Skandia, and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.”

Benefit events held during the Skandia Geelong Week included a champagne breakfast with Skandia maxi skipper Grant Warrington, a fireworks cruise on tallship ‘One and All’, the inaugural Crew Party featuring band ‘Mental as Anything’, coin donations and various auctions of sailing kit signed by various celebrities.

As part of their support for Sail 4 Cancer, Skandia donated a ‘Trip for Two’ to Skandia Cowes Week in the UK.  The winner was another of the charity’s major supporters, Western Telecommunications’ Cameron Wallace, who promptly donated the prize back to Sail 4 Cancer for re-raffle at a later date.

Some of the funds raised have already been used with 50 cancer patients and their families treated to an afternoon tea and sail on the tallship, ‘Enterprize’.  Sail 4 Cancer also presented $2,500 to Yachting Victoria as a kick-start to its ‘Keeping Cancer at Bay’ regatta to be held in February.

The focus for this year’s campaign has been on local cancer care. Funds raised during the regatta will be returned to the Geelong community in the form of much needed equipment for cancer services.

Skandia Geelong Week Smashes Fundraising Target
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