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We Create Empowering Sailing Programs

Making Waves Foundation is an Australian registered not-for-profit charitable organisation. We provide unique on-water experiences for young people with disabilities or young adults experiencing disadvantage.

What we do

Build confidence, encourage team building, and challenge limitations.

Our team of dedicated volunteers are passionate about sailing and committed to supporting and encouraging participants to realise their potential. We also extend our programs to caregivers of people with disability, offering exhilarating adventures on the water that foster a more profound sense of connection and community.

Our programs can transform lives, from helping participants develop new skills and friendships to building confidence and self-esteem.

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MAKING WAVES FOUNDATION

Our Vision

An Australia which supports diversity, and inclusion, of people living with disability and those experiencing social challenges.

Our Values

Safety

The safety of our volunteers and program participants is paramount in everything we do.

Quality

We strive to deliver high performance standards in all aspects of our work.

Making a Difference

A passion for sailing and a belief in accessibility for people with disability and disadvantages

Integrity

We have an absolute and unwavering commitment to operate in an ethical, trustworthy, respectful and responsible manner.

Collaboration

We take a collaborative approach that values input from our volunteers, program participants, partners, donors and the communities in which we operate.

Innovation

We actively seek, develop and implement new ways of innovating and funding our programs.
Making Waves Foundation

History & Achievements

We were founded in 1994 by David Pescud OAM, when we completed the first Sydney to Hobart race crewed by people with disability.

The following year, in 1995, we did our first Winds of Joy program sail in Sydney.

Since then, we’ve empowered hundreds of young people with disability and youth experiencing disadvantages to discover their potential through sailing.

Watch the video to learn the full history of Making Waves.

Our Board of

Directors

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Peter Lewis has been a Making Waves Foundation board member since 2019. Peter is a chemical engineer by trade and had an extensive corporate career working for public multinationals in sugar, explosives, plastics and chemical industries locally and overseas. In the late 1980s, Peter established his engineering and polymer company.

Peter Lewis

President
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John Gray is the Secretary of the Making Waves Foundation and has been a board member since 2016. John has a lifelong association with sailing. He is a partner in a law practice where he practises commercial law and currently sits on several private boards. He has been involved for many years in a voluntary capacity in sporting and community clubs.

John (Jack) Gray

Secretary
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Ian Clarkson has been a Board and Treasurer since October 2022. Ian is a Past Fellow of Chartered Accountants in Australia, and Ian was a partner in a Medium Sized Australian and International firm. In the 1970s Ian’s primary role was advising business owners, especially in reviewing budgets and negotiating finance. Ian was also the Partner specialising in Australian Company Law.

Ian Clarkson

Treasurer
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Bryan Dorman has been a longtime supporter and joined the board in January 2021. Bryan was instrumental in developing the organisation’s presence in Victoria from the Docklands Marina.

Bryan Dorman

Board Member & Patron
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Yvonne has a Master in Special Education and is the Head Teacher of a Support Unit – Autism at Dapto High School (NSW).

Yvonne White

Board Member
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Peter recently retired from the Royal Australian Navy after a 40-year career spanning Command and corporate management appointments.

Peter Laver

Board Member
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Alice became a Making Waves Foundation Board member in late 2021 after joining as a volunteer three years earlier.

Alice Anderson

Board Member
MAKING WAVES

Executive Team

Gareth has over fifteen years of operational experience in corporate and not-for- profit organisations. He brings a determined and passionate approach to community engagement by prioritizing participation, inclusion and positive stakeholder engagement at the core of every decision.

Gareth Hogan

General Manager
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Wendy has over 20 years working in the maritime industry with 200,000 plus sea miles. She loves that she can share her love of sailing with all of the MWF volunteers and guests.

Wendy Tuck

On-Water Operations Manager
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Jordan has a background in Computing Science and moved to Australia from Canada in 2022. He is a novice sailor but is keen to be involved in the water and with the programs in all capacities.

Jordan Bengco

Database Administrator
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With over three years of sailing and volunteer experience and a decade in sales, Rachel has teamed up with Making Waves Foundation to ensure that the joy of sailing is accessible to all.

Rachel Ward

Business Development Manager
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Matt was happily drawn to our Winds of Change program in 2018 by his love of sailing and his passion to see young people grow through adventurous experiences. His teaching and program management skills will support the design and delivery of several of our programs.

Matt Smyth

Program Manager
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Sarah has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over ten years, and as an avid sailor, Sarah loves the ethos of the Foundation and the challenge of working with all to bring the programs to Newcastle.

Sarah Gamble

Community Engagement Officer

Newcastle

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Natasja has grown up with sailing but only took it up again since moving from the Netherlands a few years ago. She knows first hand how important MWF's aim of inclusivity is making sure everyone feels welcome, valued, and respected.

Natasja McClay

Community Engagement Officer

Victoria

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Having seen firsthand the benefits that sailing and being on the water can bring to children, Natalie is excited to bring the Making Waves Foundation’s programs to Brisbane.

Natalie Herity

Community Engagement Officer

Brisbane

Patrons & Ambassadors

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The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull AC was the 29th Prime Minister of Australia from 2015 to 2018. He served twice as Leader of the Liberal Party

Malcolm Turnbull AC

Patron
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John Bertrand AO is an esteemed and accomplished sailor, renowned for his historic victory in the 1983 America's Cup.

John Bertrand AO

Patron
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A qualified accountant, Bryan worked in public practice from the 1970s and has had significant experience in working and growing enterprises.

Bryan Dorman

Patron
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Mat Belcher OAM is a prominent and famed Australian sailor who has won ten World Championships and two Olympic gold medals.

Mat Belcher OAM

Ambassador
The Fleet

Our Yachts

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Donation by wotif.com co-founder Graeme Wood, we were gifted a high-performance Nelson Marek-designed TP52 yacht.

Wot Eva

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Our principal program delivery vessel in Sydney is Kayle, a custom-built ocean racing boat designed to be accessible for everyone.

Kayle

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One of Australia’s leading ocean racing yachts. It has been specially modified to be accessible for various disabilities.

Ninety Seven

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Our program boat is in Brisbane. A Farr 40 that has been modified to be accessible for everyone.

Tribe

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A Sayer 45 keelboat is our program boat for Newcastle. Originally called ColourTile, it was purchased at the end of 2022.

Joy

Partners

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International Paints

International Paints supply generously donate the special purpose yacht paints including deck paint and anti-foul.

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ASX Refinitiv Charity Foundation

The ASX Refinitiv Charitable Foundation have been supporting Making Waves for more almost 10 years. Through their fundraising activities and events, Making Waves have been able to bring more than 1,000 students on our programs.

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Port Waratah Coal Services

2-years of support from Port Waratah Coal Services has helped facilitate Making Waves’ commencement of permanent programs in Newcastle by funding the Winds of Joy program and promoting our activities in the region.

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Commonwealth Government

The Commonwealth Government of Australia have provided funding to train volunteers in crucial Sea Safety Survival Techniques to ensure the safe delivery of our yacht and crew to places far and wide, including Far North Queensland and south to Hobart.

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Sport Australia

Funding from The Australian Sports Commission has allowed Making Waves to develop a suite of digital and physical support materials (including the Yacht In A Box board game) that complement and enhance the Winds of Joy sailing experience for students.

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Survitec

Survitec’s support allows Making Waves to keep participants safe on the water. They are one of the Foundation’s long-term supporters and provide life jackets, life rafts and servicing of this vital equipment in each port.

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Bartons

The Bartons Group are an important partner of the Making Waves Brisbane program and has contributed substantial resources to support the commencement of programs in the area.

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Zhik

Zhik has been a generous donor of sailing apparel for several years. In 2023, Zhik is sponsoring the Making Waves Sydney to Hobart crew by supplying their Offshore Racing Kit so they reach the destination safe and dry!

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Australian Maritime Technologies

Australian Maritime Technologies have supported the Melbourne Winds of Joy program for the last four years. This unique partnership includes significant financial and staff volunteer hour contributions, with several of the AMT team helping crew the program.

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Yachtshare

Anton and the team from Yachtshare are supporting Making Waves Brisbane through dockside crew and function support.

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Primary Club

The Primary Club of Australia provide regular funding to Making Waves to assist with the supply of equipment to improves the on-board safety of program participants.

Grants

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Sport Australia

Funding from The Australian Sports Commission has allowed Making Waves to develop a suite of digital and physical support materials (including the Yacht In A Box board game) that complement and enhance the Winds of Joy sailing experience for students.

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Port of Newcastle

The Port of Newcastle are providing funding to grow the range of programs and the number of participants, in Newcastle. This has incorporated purchase and modification of a new yacht, local engagement and program development.

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Commonwealth Government

The Commonwealth Government of Australia have provided funding to train volunteers in crucial Sea Safety Survival Techniques to ensure the safe delivery of our yacht and crew to places far and wide, including Far North Queensland and south to Hobart.

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Brian M Davis

The Brian M Davis Charitable Foundation are major supporters of the Geelong Making Waves program by funding local capacity of the team. This contributes to developing local networks, training and coordination of volunteers and liaising with partner organisations

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Will and Dorothy Bailey

The Will and Dorothy Charitable Trust provided partial funding for the employment of a dedicated, Geelong based Program Officer. This person has helped establish local networks, training and coordination of volunteers and liaising with partner organisations.

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Marian & EH Flack Foundation

Marian & EH Flack have provided vitally important support of Melbourne’s Winds of Joy program since 2017. This has been vitally important to ensure the viability of the program

Sailing Clubs & Organisations

Supporters

A big thank you to all our donors, sponsors and supporters! With their support and generosity, we continue to help young people with disability and at-risk youth build confidence and life skills.