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Rendezvous supporters thanked

By Mark Beale

MEMBERS of the unique Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club (SICYC) gathered in Airlie Beach last week to pay homage to all those local people and businesses who supported the 2014 SICYC Rendezvous.

Held in the Gloucester Passage off Montes Reef Resort in the last weekend of August each year, the rendezvous is a fundraiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA).

Last year’s rendezvous, which was widely considered the best yet, raised a phenomenal $74,750 and also featured the inaugural ‘hands across the blue’ awareness-raising event attended by a number of dignitaries including Federal Minister for Health Peter Dutton and leading medical researchers in the prostate cancer field.

Last Thursday night at the Airlie Beach Hogs Breath Cafe, SICYC founder Ken Thackeray said it was important to recognise everyone who supported the event, and without whom it wouldn’t happen.

In addition to the many certificates of appreciation, statues called ‘Saltys’ in bronze, silver and gold, were presented both for sponsorship and outstanding personal contributions.

The Gold Salty for sponsorship was awarded to Paul Darrouzet from the Abell Point Marina for his ongoing contribution to the SICYC and significant input to ‘hands across the blue’.

The Silver Salty was accepted by Maria Dwyer of Oceanic Marine Risk Insurance, while the bronze went to Redlands Yellow Cabs for their provision and maintenance of the Abell Point Marina’s two SICYC courtesy cars.

In the outstanding personal contribution category, gold went to Hydeaway Bay residents Brian and Kaye Bond.

Mackay residents Tiana and Gary Fry were awarded silver, with the Hydeaway and Dingo Beach Community group taking bronze for their ongoing organisation of the rendezvous’ Shag Islet party.

The SICYC, which is a virtual yacht club formed in the Whitsundays just over five years ago, now has 3565 members from 14 nations. As an organisation it has donated more than $160,000 to prostate cancer awareness and research over the past five years. The 2015 rendezvous will be held from August 27-30.

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