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SWD at the Wooden Boat Show, Hobart

The highly coveted Australian Wooden Boat Festival returned to Hobart on the 6th of February. Held on the picturesque Constitution Dock, the four day festival showcases some of the greatest of Australia’s nautical craftsmanship and maritime History. Hundreds of Australia’s most stunning wooden vessels flock to Hobart for the four day period, making it the largest festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere. And, where there’s Boats, SWD is never far away.

Invited down by festival staff, David Pescud and team had the pleasure of presenting our cause to the crowds. It was an endeavour of great success as the philosophies and narratives of SWD were highly received by festival goers and the festival board.

“Everyone was very much on our side” said David. “We made some strong contacts and things are looking promising”.

David delivering a presentation to a group of supporters about SWD and the outreach program at the Wooden Boat Show.

What’s more promising is plans to expand our operations to Hobart by building an outreach program with a local disabled children’s group to take place when the SWD crew arrives in Hobart after the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Amidst soaking up the culture, food, craftsmanship and art, many locals expressed interest to David in becoming a volunteer. And it’s this local, community spirit which David believes made the Festival an extremely joyous and successful event.

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“There was just such a great community atmosphere; it was a flood of sails, boats, craft and culture. We were all very impressed”.

To this end, the Wooden Boat Show helped us build relationships, partnerships, school connections and volunteers to help us bring the Hobart Outreach program to reality.

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