A perfect Sydney day greeted NSW Premier Mike Baird as he arrived at Middle Harbour Yacht Club to officially name the prize Hanse 345 in the Amazing Grace raffle. The yacht raffle with a total prize value of over $250,000 is being organised by the Windcraft Group to raise funds for Sailors with disAbilites.
The yacht is named Amazing Grace after Grace Kennedy who has Spina Bifida and was just 19 when she competed in the 2013 Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Mike Baird spent time chatting to Grace before the ceremony, leaning about the skills and courage needed to race to Hobart.
In a short speech Mr Baird praised Grace's determination and dedication. Mr Baird also took time to recognise David Pescud the founder of Sailors with disAbilities and the opportunity the organisation offers to over 3000 children and adults living with disability or at disadvantage each year. Sailors with disAbiliites uses sailing as a tool to build the confidence and self-esteem of participants whilst learning the thrill and freedom of sailing in a team environment.
Windcraft's Mary Bickley then read out the traditional Christening poem before Grace Kennedy and Mike Baird poured champagne over the bow of the boat. The boat looked immaculate in the Sydney sunshine.
There are just 5000 tickets for sale at $100 each. Sailors and the general public can support the initiative by buying a ticket online at:
Click on 'Events & Campaigns', then 'Find an Event', then type 'hanse' in the search engine box.
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