The 2019 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta (HCW) is done and dusted and proceeds totaling $40,000 have been handed over to the beneficiaries – The Hunter Branch of Cancer Council NSW and Lake Macquarie Marine Rescue. The handover of funds took place at a presentation on May 1st at the Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto. Club Patron and local state Member of Parliament – Greg Piper, did the honors of presenting the cheques.

The HCW – held over the weekend of February 23/24, is a fundraiser for the Home Help Program – an initiative of the Hunter Branch of Cancer Council NSW, and Lake Macquarie Marine Rescue who provide on water support during the running of the regatta.

The Cancer Council Home Help Program is designed to assist terminal and recovering cancer patients who – because of their condition, are unable to fulfill their domestic responsibilities. The program supports patients who need help with activities such as lawn mowing, house cleaning and many other domestic chores.

The Regatta is organised and run by the Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto. In his introductory comments at the presentation, Race Director and Vice Commodore of the club – Mel Steiner, said ‘The funds raised this year were lower than in 2018 when a record $50,000 was raised. We believe that – in part, this was due to a lot of the available charity funds being sucked up into drought relief. There is also a view – supported by social and economic comment, suggesting that people are doing it tough due to the rising cost of living and therefore not prepared to give as much’. He went on to say ‘we are however, very pleased with the outcome but hope to better the 2018 record at the 2020 regatta’.

2019 was the 13th running of the HCW Regatta and fundraising this year brings the total amount raised for the Hunter Branch of Cancer Council NSW, to more than $300,000.
HCW 2020 will run over the weekend of February 22/23. The HCW website – www.heavencanwait.com.au, will be kept up to date with the plans as they come to hand. HCW 2020 will again be a part of Lakefest – a celebration of aquatic activity on Lake Macquarie and the website – www.lakefest.com.au will be updated with 2020 details as they are finalised.