Saturday, June 27, 2009

AQVA Needs Your Help

The Quebec Adapted Sailing Association (AQVA – Association québécoise de voile adaptée), which is based at Pointe Claire Yacht Club recently found out that the federal government grant which they receive every year to hire sailing instructors has been significantly reduced. For those of you not familiar with AQVA, it is a program which enables children and adults with significant physical disabilities to improve their quality of life and integration into the community by learning to sail independently.

Is there a more vital sailing program in Montreal? Of course not. For aspiring sailors challenged by mobility issues, the AQVA is THE organization here to help realize dreams. Sailing is an activity we all know can teach us how to overcome personal challenges, improve our skills, relieve stress, and deal with victories and defeats. Sailing can be a get-a-way, and it can be the great challenge. Sailing is personal development and social involvement. Now, imagine all of these challenges and graces exponentially magnified. That, Montreal sailors is the job of the AQVA. Still, despite giving sailing such a purpose, the AQVA finds itself short of funding. We can at least make it a little easier. And it’s pretty easy for us, just send a little cash!

Every year AQVA must raise $50,000 to cover operating expenses. This is done through fundraising activities as well as soliciting donations from foundations, corporations and individuals. This year they will have to raise an additional $14,000 to cover the staff salaries in order to run a full 10-week program. If you would like to help you can make a donation by mailing a cheque to 35 – 2025 Quesnel, Montréal (Québec) H3J 2K9 or by making a donation on-line at Tax receipts will be issued for all donations of $20 or more.

If you would like to find out more about the program visit the website or call 514-694-8021.