THE STV Windeward Bound has received a major boost for its future ocean endeavours after receiving $10,000 in funding through the Future2 ‘Make the Difference! Grants’ program.
The Windeward Bound Trust is a registered charity which provides youth development sail training programs, maritime-based volunteering and career certification scholarship programs.
The ship was built by more than 250 volunteers and launched in 1996, with youth development programs commencing in 1998.
“Our primary role in life is to get young people to sea on voyages of eight to 10 days to let them learn about themselves, their capabilities and surprise them with the things they can do that they didn’t think they ever would,” Windeward Bound Captain Sarah Parry said.
“We had a young trainee that was on the ship two years ago come back to tell me that we were heroes and that we had made a great change in his life and turned it around.”
Captain Parry said the grant would assist with purchasing new foul weather gear to replace the existing equipment which was past its due date.
“It’s waterproof clothing that keeps you both warm and dry when we’re at sea,” she said.
“Whether it’s raining, cold, miserable or waves are breaking over the top of the ship, we have to keep everybody dry and safe – that’s what this gear is for.”
Captain Parry said the crew were excited about the new gear.
“The old equipment was more than 10 years old and it was starting to leak, so everybody was getting sick to death of having water running down their necks,” she said.
“Being able to replace the equipment with new current technology is a wonderful thing.”
Financial Planning Association chairperson Todd Kennedy said the Future2 Foundation looked specifically to support young Australians aged 12 to 25 years.
“In particular, we’re looking for organisations and not-for-profits that are doing work for those in the community that are experiencing social, financial or physical hardship,” he said.
“The work Windeward Bound does with youth and the community is outstanding and something we felt we would be able to support.
“To go away for the time they are at sea and learn about themselves, build character and resilience, it is such an important thing for young people to learn.”
This year’s grant applications open mid-2020.
For more information, visit www.future2foundation.org.au.
Caption: From left, Financial Planning Association chairperson Todd Kennedy, Windeward Bound crew Jason Kozikas, Captain Sarah Parry, James Metz and Jayden Reeve.