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News May 2014


SWD News May 2014
Intensive Winds of Change Program with the Clontarf Foundation

SWD's Winds of Change programme engages disadvantaged and 'at risk' youth in sailing. Teenagers learn to work as a team and build confidence and self-esteem.

The Clontarf foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men. Clontarf also achieve this through engagement in sport - their vehicle is Australian Rules and/or Rugby League.

So an intensive 4-day Winds of Change program was a perfect opportunity for SWD and Clontarf to work together towards achieving the same goal.

For many of the participants it was the first time they had been to Sydney and for all of them it was the first time they had enjoyed a sail on the harbour.

Read the full story and watch the video here

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Thanks to our Volunteers

Volunteers are the heart and soul of SWD - without them we can't run life changing events like the one above. So thanks to each and every one of you... you are the real Creators of Change.

If you're interested in helping SWD by donating time we're in the process of identifying clear areas where volunteers can have the most impact.

Take a look at the volunteer section on our new website find it here

Please bear with us while we bed the new website in - like all of us it's a work in progress!

Volunteer Options
Kristi 'Owes her Life to Sailing'

Kristi Foster broke her back when she was just 21. Then just 16 weeks after surgery to repair her spine she was in a car accident and broke her back (and neck) again. She's also been diagnosed with MS of the spine.

This left her depressed and angry in a wheelchair raising 2 young children.

In 2009 SWD sailed into Kristi's home town of Coffs Harbour and she saw the crew putting a wheelchair onto the yacht. This was an 'Ah ha!' moment for her.

Sailing helped Kristi to forget about her pain and the constant movement strengthened her core muscles. As her core got stronger she was able to gradually get out of her wheelchair. She lost 50kg in the process and her depression lifted.

You can see video interview with Kristi here and read more of her story here.

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Use the Jam in Your Cupboard to Support SWD
Dick Smith

Dick Smith

Dick Smith Foods are running a campaign to distribute their profits and SWD are on the list of eligible charities.

It's easy to support us...

Please send a photo of any Dick Smith Foods product in your pantry and text or email it to together with your nomination for SWD.

If you need more information about how to vote you can find it here

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Buy a Ticket for $100 - You Could Win a Hanse Yacht worth $250,000

Team Windcraft's raffle in support of SWD is well and truly underway. The prize is a Hanse 345 yacht ready to sail away with 12 months Club Marine insurance.

There are just 5000 tickets on sale at $100 - closing date 31st August. All proceeds from the raffle go to SWD.

You can buy a ticket online today.

You can also help us by spreading the word. Word of mouth is very powerful - please tell everyone you know about the raffle in person or via Facebook/twitter.

Here is a link to download a flier which you can print and put up at work or sporting clubs. Thanks for your help and good luck in the raffle!

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Want to head North for Winter?
Dick Smith

Preparations and planning for our 17th SWD Northern Program are well underway and the schedule has been added to the website calendar, 21 July to 12 September 2014.

If you are a school or know a school who might be interested in joining one of our programs there is more information on the website here

And if you'd like to volunteer to crew on the campaign you can find the information you need here

Until next month... Fair Winds

The Team at SWD

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