Steber dragon boat project win win for disabled



Steber dragon boat project win win for disabled

Steber International Taree is launching a fundraising appeal which, if successful, would lead to employment opportunities for locals with a disability, as well as providing exercise and enjoyment for fellow disability sufferers.
This project, being undertaken in conjunction with Dragon Boats Australia (Inc) would lead to distribution of dragon boats Australia-wide, and even overseas.
General manager, Alan Steber said: “We are seeking to set up a niche industry, utilising disabled workers to build dragon boats for use by people with disabilities and/or limited mobility”.
“It would be a non-profit project for Steber, conducted as part of our community engagement program and utilising Steber’s skill set in marine fibreglass manufacturing”.
Currently dragon boats are imported from China to rigid specifications of size and weight for championship racing.
“We are seeking business sponsorship and community donations to cover the cost of creating a set of plugs and moulds prior to setting up a production process”, Alan said.
“By linking with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) we are prepared to train staff with disabilities to run this as a non-profit project”, he said.
If you feel you can assist the project financially, donations can be made to the following dedicated account: Dragon Boat Funding Appeal BSB 637-000 Account No. 721138712.
Those who have fundraising ideas or offers to assist in other ways, please initially email:
mail@steber.com.au (put Dragon Boat Funding Appeal in subject line) and we will contact you directly.
You can also phone 02 6592 0777 during business hours.
PHOTO: Colourful dragon boats on Lake Weeroona