2018 Team Blue Datto - Kayaking for Keeping Safe™

By Blue Datto Foundation

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Team Blue Datto

We are a kayaking team that have entered the Massive Murray Paddle which will take place from 19 - 23 November 2018. The Massive Murray Paddle is a paddling race which covers 404km’s of the Murray River over 5 days, yes that's 404km's!!! The race starts in Yarrawonga and finishes in Swan Hill.

Katrina Croquett, Danielle and William Mizzi will be returning this year to paddle for the 50th anniversary of the event. We currently have 5 new members of the team - Kay Waddups, Janelle O'Reilly, Vanessa Eyles, Gabrielle Wickham and Amber Swirski.

As a condition of entry to this race we must align ourselves with a cause close to our hearts and fundraise and / or donate our time, to help the cause where it’s needed most. Our team will be supporting the Blue Datto Foundation.

Since beginning our fundraising journey, we have had the privilege of meeting Phil's parents and founders of the Blue Datto Foundation, Colleen and Joe Vassallo. Colleen and Joe will be supporting us again for the 2018 Massive Murray Paddle.

Team Blue Datto is deeply committed to raising money to help educate young drivers. We have been personally impacted by the loss of loved ones and will paddle again in 2018 for the following 5 angels:

  1. Philip Vassallo
  2. Joel Murphy
  3. Elly Waddups
  4. Ceri Govier
  5. Jessica Eggleton.

We would like to make a special welcome to Kay Waddups and Amber Swirski to Team Blue Datto. Kay is the mother of Elly Waddups and Amber is the sister of Jessica Eggleton, who both tragically passed away as a result of a car crashes. We are so happy to have you on board and to be able to share this tremendous journey with you Kay and Amber!

Blue Datto Foundation

The Blue Datto Foundation was established following the tragic death of 17-year-old Philip Vassallo, who was affectionately known as ‘the kid in the Blue Datto.’ Philip lost his life in a crash in which both drivers were red ‘P’ platers. Tragically, stories like Philip’s are not uncommon in the Hawkesbury/Nepean areas and Greater Western Sydney, with more and more young lives being lost on our roads each year.

For more information about this organisation please go to www.bluedatto.org.au.

The Blue Datto Charity Golf Day

We are hosting the Blue Datto Charity Golf Day on Friday 28 September 2018 at Richmond Golf Club and would love for you all to come. We are aiming to raise money through ticket sales, silent auctions, raffles and other fun games to be held on the day. Ticket sales are limited so get in quick to secure your team!

The format of the golf day will be 2 player Ambrose and there will be 2 teams per playing group (4 players in total). Each team will be required to nominate their team under one of the following options:

  1. Mens - Handicap
  2. Mens - No Handicap
  3. Mixed
  4. Ladies.

Included in the day will be - breakfast before tee off, 18 holes of golf, golf cart and a sit down lunch at the end of the days play.

There will also be a chance to win $20,000 for a hole in one on a designated hole on the course. This hole will be advised on the day.

During the sit down lunch we will be holding raffles and silent auctions.

We would also like to run a general fundraising campaign until the commencement of the Massive Murray Paddle which starts on 19 November 2018.

All funds raised will go directly to the Blue Datto Foundation.

You can join us in making a difference!

We are aiming to raise a whopping $24,000!

These funds will go towards helping the Blue Datto Foundation achieve their goal of providing all NSW Year 10 students with the opportunity to undertake their peer based and behavioural driver education program, Keeping Safe™, by 2020.

And here’s where the funds will be invested!

Blue Datto’s mission is to change the culture of young drivers by altering attitudes and behaviours. They do this by providing an industry-leading Keeping Safe™ program to Year 10 students. This starts road safety conversations with young Australians, their families and peers at home, school, in their community and across social media. This program is delivered FREE to participants.

Sponsorship amounts are as follows:

$20 = 1 x Year 10 student participating in the Keeping Safe™ Program;

$100 = 5 x Year 10 students participating in the Keeping Safe™ Program;

$500 = 1 x Year 10 class participating in the Keeping Safe™ Program;

$2000 = 1 x Year 10 school group participating in the Keeping Safe™ Program.

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Team Members

Danielle Mizzi

Katrina Croquett