Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Noosa Gets on Board to Help the Disadvantaged

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Noosa Gets on Board to Help the Disadvantaged

Article excerpt

SAILING: The Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club will this month launch a program aimed at aiding disadvantaged and vulnerable youth.

The club's Buoyed Up program will begin on December 16.

It is based on Yachting Australia's grassroots Tackers initiative -- a special introductory sailing program.

The program is intended to help disadvantaged youth build self-esteem, develop motor skills, enhance resilience, learn about their environment and value teamwork.

It is designed to provide indigenous and at-risk youth from ages seven to 12 with a fun, confidence-building sailing experience.

Funding for the program was raised at a special dinner earlier in the year.

London Olympics gold medallist Malcolm Page and Paralympic gold medallist Liesl Tesch were guest speakers and local businesses donated auction items.

More than $10,000 was raised for the program.

As well as taking to the water in specially designed dinghies, participants will be involved in canoe-building, bush tucker cooking, fishing and surfing clinics. …

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