What is #AWBFnextgen?

#AWBFnextgen is the first official Australian Wooden Boat Festival campaign aimed at supporting and promoting wooden boat and maritime culture to young people.

We all know that encouraging younger generations to get involved benefits everyone. It leads to a culture of intergenerational cooperation, trust and respect that has positive impacts across society. For the AWBF it also means creating a legacy that helps sustain the festival and keeps our community alive.

After consulting with “old sea dogs” and master mariners, it was agreed that more should be done to encourage and motivate the younger generations (apparently any person under ''40ish'' years of age!) to not only get involved in the AWBF but wooden boats and maritime culture in general.

So, we make this commitment to you: AWBF will strive to further develop programs and activities that excite, engage and educate the next generation. But we can only do it with your help. Take a look below to see the types of programs you can support via the #AWBFnextgen campaign or click on the button below to make a donation.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible through a partnership between AWBF and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR). Donations go directly towards running #AWBFnextgen projects.

To make a tax-deductible donation to AWBF, click on the button below. You will be taken to the FRRR donation page. Here you can nominate your donation amount through the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Inc Not-For-Profit Fundraising Account with the FRRR and enter your payment details.

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) (ABN 27 091 810 589) is a charitable foundation based on partnerships between philanthropy, community, government and business. FRRR partners with Australian Wooden Boat Festival Inc to assist in the fundraising for the organisation’s activities as charitable projects in line with FRRR’s purposes, through a Not-for-Profit Fundraising Account. Donations made into the FRRR Public Fund with a request that it is granted to AWBF are tax deductible because of FRRR’s tax status. For more information about FRRR please go to https://frrr.org.au/giving/helping-community-organisations/

If you have a story to share or an #AWBFnextgen idea, please share it with us via email - office@awbf.org.au

"I believe that the biggest challenge I have faced is the learning curve. Coming from a background with no sailing experience, it was difficult ‘learning the ropes’ in such a fast-paced and unfamiliar environment.

But that is when having such a supportive crew makes all the difference, because those challenges become exciting. Each day, I look forward to learning something new on the Lady Nelson, and while it can be tough, that just makes it all the more rewarding!"

- Chloe James, volunteer on Tall Ship Lady Nelson

Thank you to our #AWBFnextgen Supporters

The AWBF is extremely grateful to have the support of our donors. Their generous donations and support of #AWBFnextgen will help to promote wooden boats and maritime culture to young people, and in doing so, support the festival and its legacy.

Thank you to all our donors below from the bottom of our holds!

Andrew Cannon
Andrew Wilson
Annie Venables
Brenton Thorp
Chris Davis
Derek Cockle
Graham Kent
Grant Dawson
Jacqui Abbott
Joy Phillips
Paul Van der Zant
Paul Stephanus
Peter Curtis
Richard Lea
Simon Rush
Sonia Shimeld
Stephen Bristow
Tim Wayper
Tom McDevitt