GREAT CONTRIBUTION: Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club members Rhonda and Ken Thackeray handed over a cheque to Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia Queensland manager Graeme Higgs in Cleveland, Brisbane.
GREAT CONTRIBUTION: Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club members Rhonda and Ken Thackeray handed over a cheque to Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia Queensland manager Graeme Higgs in Cleveland, Brisbane.

Rendezvous raises $11,000

THE Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club donated more than $11,000 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia last month thanks to the support of the Whitsunday community.

Funds were raised from the yacht club's third annual Vice Commodore Rendezvous where more than 300 vice commodores gathered at Gloucester Passage at Shag Islet in the Whitsundays in August.

Events over the weekend included a meet and greet and parrot head party with prizes awarded to the best dressed man and woman.

Vice Commodore of Raby Bay Ken Thackeray said the rendezvous was becoming quite a big event in the Whitsundays.

"It helps support a very worth while charity that is lagging in recognition," he said.

"We want to make men as aware of their health issues as much as women are."

Thackeray thanked the growing number of individuals and Whitsunday businesses that contributed significantly to the club raising the funds.

Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club (SICYC) is a social network of cruising yachties and individuals who have a passion for the sea.

"Besides the dynamic social aspect, the concept is to create a network of cruising yachties [Vice Commodores]," Thackeray said.

Members are entitled to fly the club burgee to identify fellow members on the water.

Each vice commodore represents a different nautical location and is able to provide local advice and assistance to other vice commodores on the water.

"SICYC membership is currently at 1,262, with membership in every state of Australia and is growing in countries such as Holland, USA, New Zealand as well as members in England, Wales, Ireland, Japan and Malaysia," Thackeray said.

The next Vice Commodore Rendezvous will be held in the Whitsundays from August 23-26 next year.


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