SeaLink has been offering ferry travel sponsorship to the Kangaroo Island community, including organisations, events, clubs, societies, leagues, auxiliaries and associations, for more than 27 years.

Sealink's CommunityLink: Applicants will gain sponsorship from SeaLink, enabling them to travel to and from the mainland. Photo: Steve Howell.
Sealink's CommunityLink: Applicants will gain sponsorship from SeaLink, enabling them to travel to and from the mainland. Photo: Steve Howell.

SeaLink has been offering ferry travel sponsorship to the KI community for more than 27 years. Their CommunityLink sponsorship program invites KI organisations, events, clubs, societies, leagues, auxiliaries and associations to apply for sponsored ferry travel for passengers and vehicles via their online application process.

Anne Dyson, Business Projects and Sponsorship Manager for SeaLink said, “SeaLink supports as many organisations on KI as possible. We still undertake sponsorship opportunities on the mainland but we are quite strategic about who and what we support, in that it must always have a benefit for KI,” she said.

For example, SeaLink’s support for the Ronald McDonald House SA (RMHSA) Ride For Sick Kids Event last year, saw over 30 cyclists ride from Mt Gambier to KI raising much needed funds for the RMHSA. “Being strategic about which mainland sponsorships we support has allowed us to increase the amount of travel funds we can allocate to the KI community,” said Ms Dyson.  

From a pot of some $200,000 worth of ferry travel per annum, SeaLink saw twenty applications for their CommunityLink sponsorship program. These range from the one-woman Australia Radio Rescue Service, run by Carol Miell at American River, to the many KI sporting leagues and associations who need to travel to important events on the mainland.

KICE have also been a long standing recipient of SeaLink sponsorship,enabling students from KI to attend music, arts, sporting events and outdoor activities on the mainland. Organisations such as the KI Healthcare Auxiliary benefit from the donation of travel vouchers by SeaLink which they use for fundraising purposes. This year SeaLink will also be increasing their sponsorship support for the Kingscote Show which will be celebrating its 100 year anniversary.

Cathie Tydeman, Workforce Coordinator KI from Adelaide Training and Employment Centre (ATEC) said, “I have been involved with the CommunityLink panel for over five years and participated in the continuing refinement of this very important community program.”