DAME fees to benefit boatbuilding school

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Registration fees from the 2010 Design Award METS will be donated to the Whisper Boat Building Academy in South Africa, the only boatbuilding school for people with disabilities, organizers announced.

The academy helps South African youths acquire skills in composite construction and boatbuilding. The DAME proceeds will be used to pay for the development of a skills program with learning aids suited to deaf students, and to train teachers and interpreters.

Last year, funds were raised for the African Medical and Research Foundation Flying Doctors and used in the creation of accessible water supplies and sanitary facilities in Mtwara, Tanzania.

The DAME celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Exhibitors who want to submit products for DAME 2010 should complete the online application by Sept. 20. All products entered for the competition must be displayed at METS or the SuperYacht Pavilion this year and comply with the standard terms and conditions of participation.

METS and SuperYacht Pavilion 2010 will be held Nov. 16-18 in the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre in the Netherlands.

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