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Sailing away with a community business partnership award.

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Media Release

Bob Baldwin MP

Federal Member for Paterson

11 December 2002


The Access Dinghy Foundation and Sailability, together with Access Dinghy Sailing Systems, has won the 2002 Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Community Business Partnerships.

Now in its fourth year, the awards publicly recognise business and community groups working together in the spirit of social coalition, to tackle problems of disadvantage and to build stronger local communities with a demonstrated commitment to long-term benefits.

Access Dinghy Sailing Systems and the Access Dinghy Foundation with Sailability, have teamed up to provide the ‘Sailing for Everyone Program’. This aims to provide sailing opportunities for up to 20,000 people, many with a disability, in 40 locations across Australia.

Sailability provides the program at Grahamstown Dam near Raymond Terrace.

“This is such a terrific program that is offered in Port Stephens and I congratulate Tom Ford and the volunteers who provide this service for local disadvantaged kids and the disabled,” the Federal Member for Paterson, Bob Baldwin said.

“This is national recognition for a program, that is determined to make sailing accessible to everyone. For many people with a disability, the opportunity to sail solo represents a unique chance to independently participate in sport.”

In just six years, the program has moved from Melbourne to throughout Australia and is now being implemented overseas.