On Friday 3 February the Club hosted another Soldier On Sailing Day out on Pittwater, the weather wasn’t the best but that didn’t dampen the spirits off all who were involved!
This particular session involved patients from the St John of God Hospital’s rehabilitation program which has a good partnership with veterans, Defence Force personnel and also members of the Australian Federal Police.
For some it was their first time sailing and the opportunity which was given to them by the Club, Soldier On and very supportive volunteers provided the best experience possible, coupled with some friendly sledging from Tom Spithill it made a very relaxed vibe for everyone.
Aside from sailing on the Elliott 7s, Club Member Colin Cook put up his hand to help out taking out a handful of participants on his yacht for a cruise around Pittwater.
David Savage, a Solider On Ambassador was injured five years ago by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan which caused injuries to his brain and paralysis in one leg. He is currently receiving treatment with St John of God Hospital and was invited to participate in the sailing day claimed it was “the best day I’ve had in five years!” Said David Savage.
For Tom Spithill, who puts in much time and effort outside of work hours to provide the framework to make these sailing days such a success gets a real buzz from positive comments from David Savage.
“Sailing has given me so much and working with Soldier On has just opened up so many opportunities for myself and other volunteers from the Club to give back and comments like David’s make the experience amazing for all involved.” Said Tom Spithill.
This Sunday 12 February the Club will host another Soldier On Picnic Day held on Portuguese Beach. The weather is looking like it’s to be HOT so it will be a great opportunity for all participants to “beat the heat.” If you would like to get involved contact the sailing office on 9998 3700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org