I’d like to take this opportunity to pass on a big ‘thank you’ to each and every one of our nearly 150,000 Club Marine members. Because every Club Marine member is contributing to a large and diverse number of great causes, worthy events and other initiatives that help to enhance the incredible richness of the Australasian marine scene on both sides of the Tasman.
I’m speaking of the proportion of funds set aside on an annual basis that go towards the many events that Club Marine supports on behalf of all of its boating members.
When I first came aboard here at the helm of Australia’s largest provider of recreational boat insurance just on 18 months ago, I was surprised at the sheer amount of sponsorships and support that Club Marine contributes to various events and other activities that are run throughout Australasia.
As CEO, I count myself lucky that I am able to attend all manner of events throughout Australia and New Zealand that we are involved in. It’s a great chance to see our sponsorship funds at work and to get feedback from the people on the ground, who are involved in running the many events that we support.
The full gamut of our many sponsorship programs reflects the incredible diversity of activities that make up our great marine lifestyle. For instance, Club Marine is an active supporter of the national Coastcare program that coordinates a host of local community volunteers and professionals from around the country, who donate their time and expertise to improving the marine environment via a range of programs. These vary from helping to stabilise eroding sand dunes to protecting delicate marine environments and endangered species.
In New Zealand, we are proud to support and participate in the Sustainable Coastlines program, which coordinates an impressive array of large-scale coastal clean-up events around the country.
Variety Splash, a three-day event run on Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay, supports charities for special needs children and I was proud to not only attend on behalf of Club Marine, but also to sign off on our sponsorship as event partner for this most worthy of causes. The Variety Splash has a distinctly maritime flavour, with participants circling the Bay and engaging in various fund-raising events along the way. Approximately $150,000 was raised to help improve the lives of these needy kids.
Club Marine also supports other Splash events in other states and is active in supporting youth sailing programs in a variety of locations around the country.
And, of course, there are our more high-profile sponsorships, including major boat shows, such as the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show and the Club Marine South Australia Boat and Fishing Show. At selected boat shows, we also collect funds for Australia’s volunteer marine rescue organisations, raising more than $20,000 via our Club Marine Assist life ring gold coin donation appeal.
In terms of event sponsorships, Club Marine is proud to be a major supporter of an enormous variety of events. Each year Club Marine steps up to support a host of yachting regattas and fishing tournaments involving many thousands of participants getting out and enjoying themselves on the water.
From Audi Hamilton Island Race Week to many local and regional regattas, we are delighted to be a part of such environmentally-friendly events that help to showcase the great sport of yachting to the broader community.
At Club Marine we consider overselves fortunate to be part of the process of contributing funding each year to support these many events, which add colour and diversity to the marine landscape in Australia and New Zealand. We do it on behalf of all our members and I hope you all appreciate the benefits that your funding confers on our great lifestyle.
So thank you again on behalf of every event and activity that you contribute to every time you take out a policy with Club Marine.
CEO and Publisher,