Elaine Dornan, Kym Chomley and Vicki Holmes from festival organising charity7 Care 121.
Elaine Dornan, Kym Chomley and Vicki Holmes from festival organising charity7 Care 121.

‘Noosa Comes Together’ for Sailors with Disabilities

Noosa's Pirate Park was packed to the gunwales on Sunday as Noosa grooved with six hours of non-stop blues, roots, rock and folk.

Twelve of the Coast's headline bands and entertainers headlined the "Noosa Comes Together" fundraiser to ensure the Sailors with Disabilities program run by the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club continues this year.

Organisers say more than 1500 revellers came to the park at Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, to hear Barry Charles and Wayne Carlson, Bob Abbot's Built4Comfort, Uncle Bob's Jug Band, Almost Lazy and Hard Labour and also enjoy the free train rides for the kids, the jumping castle, food court and cooking shows.

And to top it all there were river activities like sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking for disabled patrons to try.

 Some of the festival's musos have disabilities themselves. With this particular kinship with the disabled sailors, they gave freely of their talents.

Troy Jason Stegart has spinal bifida and he sang his heart out from his wheelchair, polio victim Barry Charles needed two sticks to walk on and eight young talented adults from The Sunshine Troupe who have varying degrees of intellectual disability performed dance mixed with drama.

The yacht club's sailing manager Paul Blundell said a target for $10,000 was set for the yacht club's program for disabled sailors to be able to continue this year.

"With support from local businesses like Laguna Real Estate, Coast2Coast Earthmoving and yesterday's festival, the sailing is not only happening but we're cutting by half the cost to the sailors."


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