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The ISA would like to wish a massive, and well deserved, congratulations to Tralee Bay Sailing School who were one of the 15 winners, out of over 600 applicants, in the Island of Ireland ‘Coca-Cola 125 Years Thank You Fund’ awards.

Tralee Bay Sailing School has been awarded €5,000 to develop its Tralee Bay Access Sailing programme for people with physical and sensory disabilities in Kerry. The award will go towards a mobile hoist to enable people with disabilities to get in and out of a range of water based craft along with some equipment to upgrade the fleet of boats and equipment used to teach people with disabilities how to sail, kayak or use a power boat.

There were a couple of stages to this competition. Firstly the 600 entries were narrowed down to a shortlist of 45. This 45 then went to the public vote during the month of September. During that period the judging panel also came together to vote. Following the outcome of both the judges and the public vote the winning 15 groups were decided on. 

The award ceremony took place in the Royal College of Physicians and was attended by Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, Mr Fergus O’Dowd TD. 

The judging panel was made up of a variety of community leaders who were selected because of their proven track-record in making positive contributions to society. As well as Coca-Cola members included Dame Mary Peters, Past Olympian, Sarah O’Connor, Executive Director at The Federation of Irish Sports , Michael Ewing, CEO, Irish Environmental Network, Eoghan Murphy, Fine Gael TD , Deirdre Garvey , CEO, The Wheel  and James Laverty, NICVA.

Thank you to everyone who voted for them!

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22nd September 2011

Please log onto www.coca-cola.ie and vote for ISA Club Tralee Bay Sailing School to win one of the 15 ‘Coca-Cola 125 years Thank You Fund’ awards. 

Tralee Bay Sailing School has been selected as one of forty five shortlisted groups out of over 600 who applied to the ‘Coca-Cola 125 Years Thank You Fund’. They hope to develop a sustainable access sailing programme for children and young people with a physical or sensory disability within the Kerry region. Just 15 of the 45 shortlisted groups will be announced as winners and we’re hoping Tralee Bay Sailing School could we be one of them.

If they win the funds will go towards buying a mobile hoist to enable people with disabilities to get in and out of a range of water based crafts, along with some equipment to upgrade their fleet of boats and equipment used to teach people with disabilities how to sail or use a powerboat. 

Please log on now to www.coca-cola.ie and vote for Tralee Bay Sailing School (listed alphabetically). Voting closes on September 30th. 

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