The AHOY Centre Charity

Waves of Opportunities

Join AHOY on the Adventure of a Lifetime: Support The AHOY Centre's Extraordinary Ocean Voyage The AHOY Centre is thrilled to announce our partnership with WavySail, sending two of our former apprentices on the trip of a lifetime.
£1,100
raised of £7,000 target
by 8 supporters
Closes on 01/10/2024
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Join Us on the Adventure of a Lifetime: Support The AHOY Centre's Extraordinary Ocean Voyage

The AHOY Centre is thrilled to announce our partnership with WavySail, sending two of our former apprentices on the trip of a lifetime. This incredible adventure sail offers a unique opportunity to learn the essentials of planning and executing a major ocean crossing, all under the guidance of an experienced skipper and first mate. The journey is more than just sailing—it's an exploration of new horizons and personal growth.

Leg 1: Cape Town to St Helena Island

The adventure begins in Cape Town, where participants join the "Prep Week" at the Royal Cape Yacht Club. Here, they will learn everything needed to plan and undertake a significant ocean voyage. Setting sail up the coast of Africa to Lüderitz, Namibia.

After a brief stop to explore the desert ghost town of Kolmanskop, the crew will cross the South Atlantic to St Helena Island. This leg is approximately five weeks long.

**How You Can Help**

We are incredibly grateful for any donations that support this transformative journey. Your generosity will help us continue providing life-changing opportunities to young people from diverse backgrounds, empowering them through the power of sailing.

Please consider contributing to this exceptional cause and help us make a lasting impact. Thank you for your support!

Donate now to support The AHOY Centre and our apprentices on this extraordinary adventure!

For more details and to follow their journey, visit our website or contact us at marta@ahoy.org.uk

Alfie- Growing up in Deptford, Alfie has seen first-hand the impact of knife crime, drugs, and alcohol on his friends and family. Alfie said, "As much as it sounds rough, these are situations my peers find themselves in too, so it becomes the norm. Life keeps going, so you just keep moving and being happy for what you have. Sailing across an ocean is something I didn’t ever think I’d have the chance to do - it’s for other people, not me."

Alfie began sailing with The AHOY Centre through their apprenticeship program at the age of 16. He proved to be an exceptional student and secured employment with the Centre upon completing his apprenticeship. Alfie is a hardworking young man with a can-do attitude and an impressive skill set.

"We’re very proud of Alfie and look forward to following his journey throughout his time on this adventure. This is a significant stepping stone for Alfie, who, since his first engagement with AHOY at just 12 years old, has grown and developed into a mature young man. He not only strives to excel in any opportunity or challenge but also has a passion for using his skills and experiences to give back and inspire future generations. His involvement in such a prestigious event is a testament to his hard work and commitment to sailing over the years, and we are confident he will be an asset to any team.''

Amber- One day, Amber walked past The AHOY Centre and saw information about the Shipmates Programme. Thinking “Why not?”, they joined at the age of 12 and loved it, finding it incredibly fun.

Amber was home schooled, learning in a small group of children taught by hired tutors in a rented hall.

They volunteered at a record shop and started DJ’ing, once performing a set in front of 250 people, which they enjoyed immensely. Unfortunately, just as Amber turned 16, the Covid-19 pandemic hit, leading to depression and difficulty getting out of bed. They also struggled with coming to terms with their identity as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

When the country began to reopen during one of their searches, Amber discovered an apprenticeship at AHOY and, recalling the great time they had as a Shipmate, decided to apply. They started in September 2022, initially feeling very nervous and anxious. However, as time went on, Amber gained confidence and realised they could excel despite their self-doubt. This experience has significantly alleviated their anxiety, and they now feel better than they have in the past 7-8 years.

“I have finally found what I want to do with my life and I have made lifelong friends along the way.”

One of Amber’s favourite parts of the job is sharing their love of sailing with the children they teach. They find it particularly satisfying to see a child who is initially scared or nervous about going on the water return having loved every minute of it.

Their advice to anyone thinking of joining AHOY in any capacity is to give it a go, even if you are scared.

“I have the best job!’’ Amber says

About the charity

The AHOY Centre Charity

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The AHOY work with disadvantaged children, young vulnerable people and those with disabilities. They offer them the opportunity to learn new skills along with the AHOY running courses and programmes to train them to gain qualifications and life skills needed for employment.

Donation summary

Total raised
£1,100.00
+ £275.00 Gift Aid
Online donations
£1,100.00
Offline donations
£0.00
Direct donations
£1,100.00
Donations via fundraisers
£0.00

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