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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 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 bullet proof 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 YACHT RAFFLE or by simply donating

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John's week on faceboat

I can say without doubt we had a win with every single one of them. The smiles we coaxed out of the kids and their teachers/carers made the personal and group effort very worthwhile. In all my time with SWD, recently and in the past, I have never felt that I and the crew have achieved so much success with a diverse range of youngsters with disabilities.