SAILABILITY ANTIGUA and BARBUDA
‘Sailability offers the people of Antigua and Barbuda with disabilities the opportunity for social interaction and sailing.’
To offer the people of Antigua and Barbuda regardless of their age, mental or physical disability, to enter a world filed with new sensory and physical experiences. A most relaxing and enjoyable experience that also offers social interaction and a day out. It gives disabled people the opportunity to achieve the unimaginable.Moreover Sailabilty is free.
In 2014 imported two specially made, for people with disabilities, Challenger trimarans from the UK. We have joined the National Sailing Academy in English Harbour from where we sail. After two seasons we have 85 participants each week.
The participants come from the Adele School, Victory Centre, National Vocational Centre and the Care Project.
We currently have two trained and experienced Antiguan instructors.
Our Patron is The Governor General His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams. We also have the support of the Honourable Prime Minster Gaston Browne, Honourable Minister “Chet” Greene and Honourable Minister Samantha Marshall.
We are only reaching out to a small number of those with disabilities on these islands. All our users come from organisations that are only St Johns based. We need to reach out to the whole of the island.
To maintain this program as it currently is; we need $25,000EC each year for general running costs. Currently we do not really have the capacity to handle those with physical disabilities. We need a lifting hoist and a vehicle with wheel chair access.
Then with the numbers of people sailing going up so surely will our wage costs.
Our major fundraising activity, for 2017 is on the 19th March, “A Sponsored Walk”. This will be the second time this walk will take place. It was a great success last April. We had the Prime Minster, Chet Green, Samantha Marshall plus a couple of PS’s and the Governor General (our patron) walking. We had 130 people, mostly with disabilities, walking.
This year we are doing much the same but with add on such as a Family Fun day and evening entertainment. We have a Pan Band, a Marching band DJ and a very well known named band 1761 for the evening. There will be clowns, face painting, bouncy castle and much more. All of this supported by a BBQ and Bar.
English Harbour Radio is one of our sponsors which will be a huge help with the publicity.
At this stage the costs to put this event on is in region of $15,000EC.
Is there any way your company can help to support this event and in doing so support the disabled peoples for these two islands.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I would be very pleased to come and have a chat with you about Sailability in Antigua.
Director of Sailability Antigua