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SWD Create Optimism

SWD is a not-for-profit organisation. We are Creators of Optimism.

We encourage people with a disability or those in difficult circumstances to see things in a new way.

By showing what's possible, we challenge society’s perception of those facing disability or disadvantage.

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David Pescud's Story

Put yourself in David Pescud’s shoes in 1993. You’re 46. Thanks to your own hard work and despite profound dyslexia, you’re financially bulletproof and able to retire and cruise the oceans.

So why do take a massive u-turn, create a non-profit organisation called Sailors with disABILITIES, and volunteer the next 20+ years of your life working tirelessly for it?

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Get Involved

Want to join SWD and become a Creator of Optimism? There are heaps of ways to get involved.

If you want to come sailing read about our programs here. For those affected by disadvantage or disability, sailing is free.

You can create optimism by volunteering, joining faceboat, entering our faceboat contest or by simply donating

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Fun Sponsorship Opportunity

Sponsor a Yacht in Rotary Charity Regatta

Sponsor a boat, have a fabulous afternoon AND help SWD.

12-15 staff can enjoy lunch at the CYCA and racing on Sydney Harbour.  Sponsors are encouraged to dress crew in polos, caps, spray jackets to generate their corporate feel for the day.

A cool idea for an end of year corporate event - you can even sponsor 2 boats for some in-house competition.

Please reference SWD in your enquiry to the regatta organisers or email mbickley@sailorswithdisabilities.com for more information.