Solo Sailor for the Disabled
Will Fantom has lived with a disability for most of his life and has a dream of circumnavigating the globe on his yacht ‘SV Skeese’ in a world first with his dog Mistchief.
Will has a desire to give back, help others and to bring about awareness of the benefits of sailing – “The peacefulness of the water and the feeling of the wind with the tranquil rocking of the boat for me has given me hope and direction in my life, with new purpose and focus to raise much needed funds for Sailing clubs and programs catering to people living with a disability”.
Will is devoting the next ten years to sail around Australia and the world to inspire people to chase their dreams and to show what can be achieved regardless of ability, with all funds raised going to support Para-Sailing programs around Australia.
“I am hoping to get 1000 people to make a $100 tax deductible donation to the cause which will enable more people with a disability to experience the sport of Sailing like I have”.
Will is aiming to raise $2 for every nautical kilometre in his first year around Australia's 59,736km coastline.
Funds raised towards this fundraising project will go towards a national pool of funds to be given to clubs and individuals as grants to promote the development and awareness of Sailing programs for people with a disability in Australia.
Specialized equipment, adaptive programs and accessible facilities are needed to ensure people with a disability have access to the sport of Sailing.
From social participants to elite athletes, Sailing has the ability to enhance people’s lives and get more people with a disability more active more often.
Please make a tax deductible donation today and support aspiring sailors with a disability around Australia get on the water.
Photos: Newcastle Weekly/Peter Stoop.