Down Syndrome Research Foundation
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Vic-Maui Yacht Race
This July, the crew of the Ballymack fulfilled a lifelong dream when they competed in the Vic-Maui Yacht Race. As they raced from Victoria to Maui over the course of three weeks, they also helped fulfill the dreams of individuals with Down syndrome and their families by raising funds for the Down Syndrome Research Foundation.
This was a personal journey for crew member Allard Ockeloen, whose eldest daughter Emily (age 9) has Down syndrome. Emily has just completed the 4th grade at a public school. She loves reading books, music, watching movies, swimming, sailing with her Dad and has great computer skills. Emily is proof that, with the right support, individuals with Down syndrome can thrive in school, the workplace and in the community.
Team Ballymack, captained by Mike Cormack and crewed by Ockeloen, John Letchford, RC Myles, Walter Norman and John Verver, desired to use the Vic-Maui Race to raise awareness and funds for the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, and to elevate the acceptance of young adults with Down syndrome. In this, they succeeded in spades, raising over $26,000 for the cause, while also drawing attention through local media.
The crew was just as successful on the water, too, reaching the finish line late on July 23, and finishing in 2nd place in the Vice-Maui Cruising Division. Throughout the journey, they kept their followers entertained with tall tales of their exploits via their blog.
Team Ballymack was sponsored by Development Analytics Inc., Wright Mariner Supply & Yacht Services, Black Press and North Shore Outlook.
On behalf of DSRF’s students, families, board, staff and volunteers, we thank the crew of the Ballymack for standing “Together. Hand in Hand.” with all who are walking the journey of Down syndrome. Thank you also to all the generous sponsors and donors who made this possible.
Special Thanks to The Following Sponsors: