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2015-09-21

The Honda Foundation Supports New Boat for St Helens Marine Rescue

The Honda Foundation and Greg Crick Motors have donated $29,416 in support of St Helens Marine Rescue Association's purchase of a replacement vessel for their rescue boat.

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The Honda Foundation and Greg Crick Motors have donated $29,416 in support of St Helens Marine Rescue Association's purchase of a replacement vessel for their rescue boat.

The new $170,000 rescue boat, “Georges Bay”, was officially launched at a boat blessing on Sunday 20th September in front of the media, local community, sponsors and association members.

The new boat will help the St Helens Marine Rescue team continue providing life-saving services in the popular fishing town of St Helens on Tasmania’s east coast, following a tragic capsize earlier this year destroying the primary rescue boat.

Chairman of The Honda Foundation, Mr. Stephen Collins said he is delighted the Foundation is able to provide funding to support the invaluable service offered by St Helens Marine Rescue.

“The Honda Foundation would like to commend the St Helens Marine Rescue team for its commitment to ensuring a safe environment for boaters; we are thrilled to be able to support its efforts.”

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The St Helens Marine Rescue Association is a not-for-profit volunteer sea rescue unit based at the Foreshore, St Helens. The Association has been operating from the Georges Bay Wharf for 19 years to provide rescue services over an extensive area (from Bicheno to Flinders Island and 100 nautical miles to sea), including the Furneaux Islands and Bass Strait.

“St Helens would like to thank The Honda Foundation for its generosity in providing support for us to purchase a new vessel. The new major response vessel will become an integral part of our operation to conduct rescues and escorts, especially ahead of the busy summer boating period,” said John Dearing, president, St Helens Marine Rescue Association.

The Honda Foundation aims to provide assistance to local communities and foster goodwill among Honda Australia, Honda Motor Vehicle Dealers and the public. It draws funding from Honda Dealers and Honda Australia. The Foundation’s Honda Heroes loan vehicle program supports charitable organisations through a fleet of loan vehicles, assisting with activities for the disadvantaged, disabled or those suffering from illness.

For more information about The Honda Foundation and the organisations it supports, please visit www.hondafoundation.com.au