Sailing Marathon in aid of St John Ambulance Malta

Friday, September 13, 2013, 10:13

The Vikings Sailing club is organising the annual Sailing Marathon at its premises at Haywharf  from Friday 13th September at 17.00 to Sunday 15th September 17:00. The aim of a group of young  sailors is to raise funds for St John Ambulance by sailing non-stop in Marsamxett Harbour for 48 hours.

During the event the Vikings Sailing Club will be offering the public a marvellous opportunity to try out dinghy sailing with qualified instructors against a donation. There will be also awareness about First Aid knowledge and a talk will be delivered on Sunday at 11:00 by St John Ambulance officials.

Being a Voluntary Organisation, St John Ambulance relies mostly on such donations as well as on the  commitment of its uniformed volunteers, to carry out the primary mission of caring for the sick and assisting in emergency situations. The yearly average time spent by St John Ambulance volunteers on duty is 2000 hours in which approximately 500 casualties are treated.

This does not include training time spent throughout the whole year which exceeds 200 hours per volunteer.
St John Ambulance is currently seeking to raise funds to transform an area in Paola into an ambulance training Centre which will also include garages that will house the fleet of ambulances. This land was provided by the Government a few months ago. St John Ambulance forms part of the ‘Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem’, which was established by Queen Victoria in 1877. Although the Teaching Branch was established in  1887, the ambulance section was set up in Malta in 1909. The St. John Council is the governing body of the organisation and under the Council there are three branches, namely, the Training Association, First  Aid & Nursing and The Rescue Corps. First Aid courses are delivered regularly to the public and more  information can be obtained from

The Vikings Sailing Club is a young, dynamic club, founded in 1984 and based at Haywharf in  Marsamxetto harbour, to the west of Malta’s Grand Harbour, and the centre of the island’s yachting  activities. It is non-profit making and is run by club members on a voluntary basis. Various high profile events are organised so as to promote sailing to the general public and to raise funds for philanthropic  causes through taster sessions and sailing marathons. Besides the traditional races, the Vikings Sailing Club organises fun races, adventure cruises night cruises amongst other events.

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