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Raise the Roof June 8, 2018

The Annual Raise the Roof event (fundraiser is for Whistler Adaptive Sports Program and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation)  is set for Friday June 8th 5-8pm at the Delta Whistler (4308 Main Street).   There will be over 80 auction items ranging from hotels, dining, activities and more.  Auction tables close at 7:20 and 7:55 and there will be live music and appetizers.  There is no entry fee and complimentary parking will be available during event hours.  

For those that can’t make the event, we are selling raffle tickets at our front desk and online.   Tickets are set at 1 for $10 or 3 for $25.  If buying on line the min purchase is 3 tickets at $25. There is nominal Eventbrite processing fee and we will transfer the purchasers information (name and phone number) onto the raffle tickets.  Tickets for the raffle only will be allocated towards Whistler Adaptive.   

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Adaptive Sailing Camps

Whistler Adaptive and the Whistler Sailing Association are hosting two Adaptive Sailing Have-A-Go Camps on September 8 & 9, 2016 and September 10 & 11, 2016 on Alta Lake in Whistler, BC. This camp is open to children, youth or adults with a physical, cognitive or sensory disability. Sailing experience is not necessary. We will be using Martin 16 Sailboats, which are fully accessible and adapted for people with physical disabilities, and Pirates, a sailing dinghy that can be sailed by a pair of sailors. The two-day camps will each cost $120 plus $25 for a Whistler Adaptive 2016/17 membership. Space is limited in each camp, so sign up early. 

1. Contact us for a registration form.
2. Pay for the camp fees
3. Become a Whistler Adaptive member for $25

Need accommodation? As a Whistler Adaptive athlete or volunteer, you are eligible to stay at the Whistler Athletes' Lodge in Cheakamus Crossing. Ask us for details. 

Interested in volunteering? Contact us here or by calling 604-905-4493 to sign up for our training day on Wednesday, September 7.

About the Martin 16 Sailboats
The Canadian designed and built Martin 16 is a boat that allows children and adults with physical disabilities to go sailing! Individuals with limited to no mobility in their arms can sail independently using power assist technology. The Martin 16 is 16 feet long – the size of many small sailboats. But unlike other boats, the Martin 16 has been specially designed to meet the needs of sailors with disabilities.

First and foremost the boat is very stable. A 300 lb. lead bulb is attached to the keel of the boat which makes it impossible to capsize (tip over). The inner hull of the boat is filled with foam flotation that makes the boat unsinkable, even if it is totally flooded.

The sailor sits in the boat in a multi-adjustable seat that can accommodate any special postural needs. The seat is situated on the center line at the bottom of the cockpit. This is the most stable position in the boat and means that the sailor does not have to move from one side of the boat to the other as one must do on standard sailboats. If necessary quick-release straps can be used to stabilize the sailor’s trunk when the boat heels (leans to the side) on windy days.

Once comfortably seated, the joystick tiller (to control the steering) and lines (to control the sails) are directly at hand making it possible to sail the boat independently without needing to change position. A second seat for an instructor or companion is located behind the sailor’s seat.

The Martin 16 is used in adapted sailing programs around the world for recreational sailing, learn-to-sail programs and racing.

Learn more about the Whistler Sailing Association.
Learn more about the boat on the Martin 16 website and the Disabled Sailing Association of BC


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Raise the Roof to Benefit Whistler Adaptive June 10, 2016

Raise the Roof Returns June 10th

Delta Whistler Village Suites hopes to raise over $25,000 for local and provincial charities

Whistler, B.C. – Delta Whistler Village Suites will host the 8th annual Raise the Roof fundraiser to benefit the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program and BC Children’s Hospital.

The event features a raffle and silent auction offering numerous hotel stays, restaurants, activities and local artists.   An employee driven fundraiser, Delta staff have set a fundraising target of $25,000.  To date this event has raised just under $120,000.  Almost all of the auction donations have been generously made by the community of Whistler.

The raffle proceeds will be matched via Scotiabank’s Bright Futures Program and they will benefit Whistler Adaptive.  The proceeds from the silent auction, donation entries as well as beer and wine sales will be split between BC Children’s Hospital and Whistler Adaptive.

“We are thrilled to be the recipient charity again this year for Raise the Roof on June 10,” said Chelsey Walker, executive director. “The staff and management at the Delta Whistler Village Suites have been long-time supporters of our organization.  They have raised over $60,000 for our adaptive sports programs.  We also want to thank Scotiabank for matching the raffle proceeds.”

The event takes place at the Delta Whistler Village Suites on Friday June 10th from 5-9 pm.  Suggested entry donation of $15 at the door on June 10.

“‘We are excited to continue our support of Whistler Adaptive Sports Program and new this year BC Children’s Hospital.  We feel the two charities complement one another and are easy for the Whistler community to rally behind. We are hoping for our best year yet,” said Jeff Kennedy, General Manager of the Delta Whistler Village Suites said.

Whistler Adaptive Sports Program Society

Whistler Adaptive is a centre for learning and sports excellence that has a local, regional, national and international clientele and encourages independence, self-confidence and self-motivation for all our athletes and participants through outdoor activity. We provide the opportunity for hundreds of people at any age with a wide range of disabilities to participate in sports, therapeutic programming and recreational activities that are accessible to everyone.

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