The Moorings yacht charter company recently sponsored Sailability Greater Tampa Bay in a charitable mission and sailing charter to the British Virgin Islands, where the group donated mobility equipment to a local special-needs school.
During a May 19 ceremony at the Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre in John's Hole, three wheelchairs were presented, according to a press release.
Reflecting on their trip, Claudia Nable, president of Sailability Greater Tampa Bay, said, "It's about working together to make something happen. A few months ago, we organized a BVI team-building trip aboard two yachts donated to us by The Moorings and, while planning, we learned of the school's needs. With Custom Mobility's commitment to donate the wheelchairs, all of the pieces fell into place."
Nine Sailability volunteers journeyed to the BVIs for the occasion.
"There are times in life when you can have a direct positive impact on someone's life and The Moorings gave me the opportunity to have that impact ...," said Dennis Denninger, who has been a volunteer for more than eight years and currently serves as Sailability instructor/coach and board member.
Lex Raas, CEO of The Moorings, stated, "An enduring cornerstone of The Moorings focuses on community involvement and this is a continuation of our community support in the BVI, a place we've also called home since our founders established The Moorings in Road Town, Tortola in 1969."
Sailability Greater Tampa Bay is a not-for-profit group providing affordable, accessible sailing activities and education to children and adults of all abilities to improve the quality of life for everyone. In 2009, it hosted 24 events with 15 sailboats, giving more than 400 people access to sailing.