AUSTRALIA ― Beer can regattas are common up and down the coast of California, but an annual beer can regatta at Mindil Beach in Australia is quite innovative and rather unique.
Beer cans are actually used to build the boats. The beer can boats need to not only float but race in the Darwin Harbour located in the Northern territory of Australia. Junior race boats are made out of soda cans.
Even the names of past beer can boats are creative. They include Extravacans, Tipanic, Can-Able, Can-a-maran and Tipperary Waters.
The annual event is hosted by the Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta. The Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta is made up of four Lions Clubs. These associations are about bringing the community together and being charitable.
The 2016 event raised nearly $50,000 for various organizations. According to the Darwin’s Lions Beer Can Regatta’s website, last year’s funds went to the following: $27,000 for Downs NT to provide opportunities for young adults with special needs; $20,000 for Cancer Council NT to contribute to transportation for patients in need of treatment; and, $2,000 to Mindil Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
Money raised from this year’s event will be donated to the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard, Darwin Flotilla as well as SIDS & Kids NT.
The Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta in Australia is scheduled for July 9.
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