Posted on Feb 21, 2018
Following a very successful fundraising project, the Rotary Club of Motueka recently presented cheques to a total of $32,000 to; Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust, Nelson Tasman Hospice Trust, the Order of St. John and the Motueka Community Swimming Pool Appeal.
Clubmembers leapt into action after Keith Knapp and family of Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles generously offered the use of their flagship vessel ‘Crusader’ for voyages from Nelson circumnavigating D’Urville Island. The Crusader, at 24 metres length, has been specifically designed and built for local sea conditions and operates in the Abel Tasman National Park throughout the summer months.
The initial project was organised and took place over Queen’s Birthday weekend last year. Four cruises were carried out again this year to raise money for the above charities.

A total of 320 people joined the voyages ,at a cost of $100 each, and enjoyed a scenic cruise which is otherwise not available. The ‘Crusader’ circumnavigated D’Urville Island, returning through Stephens’ Passage and stopping at the D’Urville Island Wilderness Resort in Catherine Cove for lunch at the café. The return journey transited the French Pass channel which was probably the highlight of the trip for many passengers.

Representatives of the recipients were invited to the Motueka Rotary meeting and dinner at the R.S.A. clubrooms, for the presentation of the funds raised, each receiving a cheque for $8,000.