Kurrambee kids sail the harbour thanks to crowd funding

Sail away: Kids from Kurrumbee School sail on the Sydney Harbour with volunteers from Sail with disABILITY, thanks for an innovative crowd-sourced funding scheme.

Sail away: Kids from Kurrumbee School sail on the Sydney Harbour with volunteers from Sail with disABILITY, thanks for an innovative crowd-sourced funding scheme.

A world-first crowd-sourced banking model called act. is helping disabled students from a Werrington school go sailing on Sydney Harbour.

On November 25, the students from Kurrambee School joined with people from Sailors with disABILITIES, one of 10 Australian organisations to benefit from act. funding.

The funding model act. was established by innovative not-for-profit banking specialist Community Sector Banking.

Sailors with disABILITIES hopes act. will raise $1500 to allow it to offer an interactive sailing experience to 15 children with physical and/or intellectual disabilities to allow them to dream what they can achieve in their lives.

Varinder Kaur, who teaches at Kurambee,  said those students who sailed loved it.

‘‘Being able to sail frees their imagination and gets them very close to nature,’’ she said.

‘‘They build confidence and get exposure to the natural environment.

‘‘All of the kids want to have that Titanic moment on the front of the ship.’’

She said they were keen to build a relationship with act. and Sailors withDISABILITY to take more kids sailing.

‘‘We will be taking more kids to events with the act. program; it was very eye opening for us and a great initiative from them to fund it,’’ Ms Kaur said.

‘‘Sailors withDISABILITY are quite capable of dealing with kids of all different disability types.’’

The  initiative allows customers to give to a range of worthy causes simply by doing their banking.

It uses a crowd-sourcing model to raise money each month for social enterprise projects across all sectors.

Amanda Watt, head of marketing and communications and act. at Community Sector Banking, said it transformed banking from ‘‘an every day, passive undertaking, to a positive force for change’’.

‘‘By signing up for banking products with act., our customers or activists, as they will be known, can make a real difference to a social cause simply with the click of a button.’’

David Pescud, who won the NSW Disability Industry Innovation Award for Distinguished Service in 2013, founded the organisation.

“Sailing is the great equaliser; when the chips are down in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race, everyone is disabled,” Mr Pescud said. 

“act. believes in profit for purpose and is a world first — a new way of banking where who you bank with does matter.” 

Details: www.letsact.com.au or call 1300228863.

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