The Sailability crew with Joy Munson (front right) and her friend Judy James following the naming ceremony of one of their Access 303 sailing dinghies. It was named Spirit of Liz after Joy’s daughter Liz who benefited from Sailability activities before she passed away.
The Sailability crew with Joy Munson (front right) and her friend Judy James following the naming ceremony of one of their Access 303 sailing dinghies. It was named Spirit of Liz after Joy’s daughter Liz who benefited from Sailability activities before she passed away. Julie Hartwig

Bringing joy to lives

WHEN Joy Munson of Hervey Bay donated $5,000 to Sailability Tin Can Bay, the volunteers were stunned.

But the story behind this donation is not just about donating money. It's indicative of the spirit with which the organisation operates.

Joy's daughter, Liz Grieves, 53, led a healthy, active life until she underwent surgery for a tumour behind her eye.

Following surgery, Liz lapsed into a coma from which she emerged with acquired brain damage. Her life changed forever.

When the Bay Support group in Hervey Bay introduced Liz to Sailability at Tin Can Bay, she was able to rekindle her love of the outdoors through sailing.

"Liz loved the experience and couldn't stop smiling," Joy said. "The freedom and enjoyment she gained from being on the water with Sailability was priceless."

Sadly Liz died recently, but Joy decided her daughter would approve of her donation to Sailability Tin Can Bay.

"I just want to show my appreciation for the organisation that not only brought joy into Liz's life, but also recognises the fine effort put in by the volunteers at Sailability Tin Can Bay in providing services for the disabled," Joy said.

"Sailability volunteers willingly give up their time to help put a little happiness into the lives of people with disabilities. They do a fantastic job.

"Liz thoroughly enjoyed coming to Sailability; it was a wonderful experience for her.

"Generally, the public are ignorant of the need in the community for services for the disabled. Sailability is such a worthy organisation. Making this donation is the least I can do; we really need to keep Sailability operating."

To commemorate their benefactor and Joy's generous donation, Sailability decided to name one of their Access 303 sailing dinghies, Spirit of Liz and invited Joy to join them for the ceremony, which took place during Sailability's regular sailing operations at the beginning of the month.

For more information, to make a donation, to become a Sailability volunteer or to access the services provided, please contact Secretary Sue Nugent on 5486 2783.

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