About the Sailability Trust
Sailability Wellington provides an environment where taking to the water to sail is no barrier to people with disabilities. Sailability is a charitable trust that provides sailing opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities from their three Sailing Hubs – Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club, Seaview Marina adjacent to Lowry Bay Yacht Club and the Duncan Renouf jetty, Titahi Bay Boating Club Onepoto, Porirua Harbour.
What the grant went towards
The Trust House grant enabled the Titahi Bay Boating Club to build an ‘all tide’ jetty that provides facilities for sailors with disabilities. Costing $250,000, the Duncan Renouf Jetty opened on 18 November 2018, following two years of fundraising.
Community Trusts and Gaming Trusts supplied most of the money.
What this meant for the organisation
Sailability Wellington currently has 190 sailors and over 70 volunteers, who take their members out on the water five days a week, weather permitting. The club members each sail within their own capacity, and often learn to sail solo and to race. The new facility will help to greatly reduce the waiting list of almost 90 ‘would be’ sailors in the region and enable them to enjoy the sport of sailing.
About the Trust House Foundation
The Trust House Foundation is a respected, licensed Class 4 Gaming foundation, which provides more than $2 million a year in community gaming proceeds to fund community events and organisations.