Sailors with Disabilities: Faceboat arrives in Newcastle

SEA LEGS: Disabled kids aboard Faceboat, which has been sailing along the east coast. From left, Timothy Harris, Ryan Rumbel, Lachlan Burston, Zachary Bywater, Cassy Templeton, Boden Morrison, Joeliene Parker, Brandon Kennedy, Jaiden Waugh and Brock Whiting. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SEA LEGS: Disabled kids aboard Faceboat, which has been sailing along the east coast. From left, Timothy Harris, Ryan Rumbel, Lachlan Burston, Zachary Bywater, Cassy Templeton, Boden Morrison, Joeliene Parker, Brandon Kennedy, Jaiden Waugh and Brock Whiting. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

NEWCASTLE may have been the last port on the Sailors with Disabilities busy east coast itinerary but there was still plenty of enthusiasm left in the tank when the charity's flagship Faceboat arrived yesterday.

The non-profit organisation provides disadvantaged kids with the opportunity of a lifetime to set sail on the open ocean.

"Annually we host 3000 kids with disabilities through our Day Sail program," Faceboat skipper Mark Goode said.

"Faceboat's arrival in Newcastle marks the end of the charity's annual northern campaign tour of Queensland port cities."

Sailors with Disabilities will host 148 disabled children along with their carers while docked in Newcastle over the next few days.

Those who give to the charity will be rewarded in a unique way.

"People can donate and get their face on the side of the boat and come to Hobart with us in spirit," said Mr Goode.

Faceboat will be in Newcastle until Friday before making its way back to Sydney.

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