NEWS — Ray of sunshine for kids with cancer

NEWS - Ray of sunshine for kids with cancer

Last year’s Cruise for a Cure worked wonders in raising the spirits of cancer-suffering children and their families. The good news is, this wonderful event is back on again in February 2012 and the organisers are confident it will be even bigger and better.

Cruise for a Cure is a one-day event taking children who are battling cancer and their families out for a day on the water aboard some of Sydney’s finest luxury cruisers. Response to last year’s event exceeded all expectations and was a resounding success for not only the children themselves but also for everyone involved.

The event is run in conjunction with Cure our Kids, a foundation that aims to improve the quality of life for children battling cancer and their families, and operates through the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Boat owners are invited to register their support for the 2012 Cruise for a Cure with SBM Maritimo. And it’s not just Maritimos. Owners of power and sail boats from around 30ft upwards of all makes and models are invited to lend their support for an unforgettable and richly satisfying day on the water.

The event takes off from Ferguson’s Boatshed on the Spit and from various locations including Pittwater and Port Hacking. Children and their families will each be assigned to a particular boat, and will be able to choose their own adventure. They could choose a spot of fishing, cruising to one of Sydney’s little bays or coves —simply dropping anchor in a secluded bay and enjoying the wonderful waterways.

SBM dealer principal Steve Batton and his crew will be on hand to look after organisation and support duties. “At the end of the day, we’ll be having a sausage sizzle on our marina,” he said.

In 2011, organisers were thankful of the coverage by Channel 9’s Good Morning Australia show. 

In addition to the fun activities, organisers said fundraising is another important role of the Cruise for a Cure.

“We have Platinum, Silver and Bronze sponsorship opportunities available,” said Batton said. “For platinum donations of $1000 or more, corporations will be able to display banners on selected boats. We also encourage individuals to donate $500 or more through a Bronze sponsorship package.”

Cruise for a Cure is being held on Sunday, February 26. Advance registrations are vital to allow organisers to make the necessary preparations to ensure the day goes off smoothly. To register their support, phone (02) 9968 1222,