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Community Support

CommunityLink Program - Kangaroo Island-based organisations only

SeaLink’s commitment to the Kangaroo Island community spans over 30 years and we are passionate about its future. SeaLink strives to support the community wherever possible and given the remote location of Kangaroo Island, our support is primarily in the form of sponsored ferry travel. This assistance helps to ensure a quality of life that may not be possible in some cases.

In 2021 our SeaLink CommunityLink Program supported over 50 Kangaroo Island community and sports associations, charities and events, and donated over $200,000.00 in ferry travel.

How does CommunityLink work?

CommunityLink is only available for Kangaroo Island based organisations, and applications are currently closed. Applications will open again in February 2023.

Organisations supported in 2022 include:

Penneshaw Golf Club · KI Art Society · Parndana Ladies Golf Club · KI 8 Ball Association · Advance Kingscote Progress Association · Lions Club of KI · Island Care · KI Calisthenics · KI Football League · KI Agricultural & Horticultural Society · KI Art Feast · Lions Club of Parndana · Australian Radio Rescue Service Inc · KI Pony Club · Parndana Show Society · Kangala Rescue · KI Community Education · KI Bowls Association · KI Gymnastics · KI Netball Association

General Enquiries

SeaLink receives many requests for travel, financial, prizes and gifts support, however, our priority is to support Kangaroo Island to assist with the development and growth of its community.

If you are seeking sponsorship which will support the Kangaroo Island community, please complete our general support application form. Please read the SeaLink Sponsorship Conditions and General Information below, before submitting your application.

Assessment of submissions

Submissions will be assessed with the outcome being advised as soon as practicable. If successful, the applicant may be asked to enter into a written sponsorship agreement with SeaLink.

Proudly Supporting the following:

Partnerships

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is the charity partner of Australia’s National Parks. They are a non-government organisation with a mission to protect Australia’s ecosystems and native wildlife for generations to come.

FNPW funds projects that support the permanent preservation of Australia’s unique natural environment. Since its founding in 1970, FNPW has funded over 600 scientifically-based Australian conservation programs. Find out more.

Disaster Relief Australia (DRA) is a NGO and NFP organisation providing disaster response and relief to those affected by disasters. DRA unites the skills and experiences of veterans, emergency responders and civilians to rapidly deploy throughout Australia and Asia Pacific. SeaLink is assisting DRA to move volunteers to and from Kangaroo Island who are still, in 2022, assisting the island community with the bushfire recovery operations after the devastating 2019/20 fire season.
The South Australian Seed Conservation Centre, in the Adelaide Botanic Garden, helps to protect South Australia’s threatened plant species from extinction, while supporting the restoration of habitats around the State. Following on from the devastating Kangaroo Island bushfires of 2019/20, SeaLink partnered with the Seed Centre to help fund a series of field trips by our specialist Seed Conservation Team to locate some of KI’s most unique and endangered plants, collect their seeds, and bank them at the Botanic Gardens in Adelaide. This is will help prevent extinction and ensure the ongoing survival of these threatened plant species.
SeaLink is proud to be the first ‘moving’ public Learning Destination for Children’s University (CU). CU members who travel on SeaLink’s ferries will be encouraged to download and print a SeaLink KI Ferry Activity Booklet (download here) before they travel, and complete the activities in the booklet during the ferry crossing. When they have completed the tasks in their booklet they will take it to the SeaLink Café Crew, who will stamp their 'Passport to Learning'.
CU is a program that engages children and young people in exciting out-of-school learning opportunities to increase their chances for educational achievement and rewards them for taking responsibility for their own learning. The program operates in the UK, Australia, NZ, Asia & Africa.

Community organisations

The Kangaroo Island Football League is an affiliated member of the SANFL. There are 5 teams (the Kingscote Hounds, Dudley United Eagles, Parndana Roosters, Western Districts Saints and Wisanger Panthers) and each week during the season they host A Grade, Reserves and Colts grade teams. Given the small population of Kangaroo Island, it is difficult to field full teams and SeaLink’s ferry travel sponsorship assists volunteer players to travel from the mainland to play.

SeaLink’s sponsorship also enables team players to travel to compete in SA country football carnivals and to attend development opportunities. SeaLink also co-sponsors the ‘Club of the Year’ Award with the South Adelaide Football Club.
SeaLink is proud to be a sponsor of the Kangaroo Island Netball Association. Our sponsorship enables past and volunteer players to travel to Kangaroo Island to play in matches and importantly allows for Kangaroo Island based players and umpires to travel to the mainland for academy visits, country carnivals and player development opportunities. SeaLink also sponsors the ‘SeaLink Star Volunteer Award’ each year where volunteers from each club are nominated.
Kangaroo Island Community Education was formed in 2005 as a multi-campus school from the three KI Area Schools – Penneshaw, Parndana and Kingscote. KICE has approximately 700 students located across the island. SeaLink’s sponsorship assists students who can be disadvantaged by the issues associated with living in a remote and isolated community. With the assistance of ferry travel, SeaLink supports hundreds of students every year to take up various opportunities on the mainland including sporting carnivals, performing arts, music cultural excursions and Careers Week. SeaLink also plays an integral role in mentoring and influencing the development of young people through the Virtual Enterprise program.
Kangaroo Island/Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch is a research program monitoring wild dolphin populations around our
coastline. The program involves Kangaroo Island school students and community members collecting data about local dolphin populations, their behaviours and their habitat. The organisation uses non invasive photographic techniques to identify dolphins and their group structures with the ultimate aim of protection and conservation.
Rebuild Independence Group (RIG) is a community-based, non-profit organisation founded in 2013 with the mission of rebuilding the Schooner Independence, the first vessel built in South Australia. They have successfully raised enough money to build a boathouse at American River on Kangaroo Island. They now need to raise $20,000 to produce detailed boat plans that will comply with the strictest "survey" standards and will enable Independence to carry fare-paying passengers when finished.
The Kangaroo Island Country Education Fund was established to provide financial assistance and support to local youth to help them achieve their post high school education, training and vocation aspirations. It is recognised that the cost of rural students pursuing their post high school goals is often much greater than students in metropolitan areas and that sometimes these costs can be prohibitive. KICEF raises funds annually in order to provide financial grants to students who need an extra helping hand
The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world. Using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, RFDS deliver extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to those who live, work and travel throughout Australia, and we are supportive of the work they do for Kangaroo Island. SeaLink support the RFDS by donating travel vouchers for their fundraising efforts.

The Great Southern Football League Womens (GSFLW) is part of one of South Australia's strongest country football competitions, based around the Fleurieu Peninsula region. Clubs include Encounter Bay, Goolwa/Port Elliot, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Mt Compass, Myponga/Sellicks, Strathalbyn, Victor Harbor, Willunga and Yankalilla.

SeaLink are proud to support GSFLW with reduced fares for players to attend the “SeaLink Kangaroo Island Challenge Cup”, usually held in March between Yankalilla Football Club and Goolwa/Port Elliot Football Club.

The partnership between SeaLink Kangaroo Island and the South Adelaide Football Club promotes the community involvement that both organisations play in assisting the young people of Adelaide's southern suburbs, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island in particular to meet their full potential.


Events

The WILDROO offers runners the option of a 30K or 60K race distance. The course route starts and finishes in the quaint township of Penneshaw. A sunrise hill climb transports runners to the top of Dudley Peninsula providing panoramic ocean views to mainland South Australia.

Register here with 1908 Sports Management.

The SeaLink Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival is held in February each year over three days. The Carnival, held at the Kangaroo Island Racing Club, features two race meetings, a casual smaller affair on the Thursday and KI Cup Day on the Saturday with the feature race being the Dudley Wines Kangaroo Island Cup. Hundreds of visitors from the mainland flock to the island, many making a long weekend or short break holiday out of their stay.

If you are interested in more information on our 2023 KI Cup Day Packages, please register your details here and we’ll send you information when it is released.

The Marathon course is located in the spectacular Flinders Chase National Park and this year will take on a whole new set of sights for runners after the devastating bushfires in December 2019. Runners will be inspired by deviating and undulating trails, an exposed coastal section with views of the powerful Southern Ocean, a loop that travels by historic landmarks such as Cape de Couedic Lighthouse and Admirals Arch, and a zig-zag boardwalk leading to the iconic Remarkable Rocks.

Now in it's sixth year, this event is set to be a special one for participants. Sign up for the full marathon, half marathon or 10k event to be part of this iconic race in one of the top marathon locations in the world!

Register here with 1908 Sports Management.

New Shoots was first dreamed on the fire-grounds in 2020, where three members of the CFS felt motivated to do more for the community. The trio realised the enormity of rebuilding and identified the opportunity to create a significant music event that would lift the community's spirits on Kangaroo Island and raise money for those affected by the fires. Thus, New Shoots Music Festival was born, whose namesake pays tribute to the new life now emerging from the natural landscape. The first New Shoots
Music Festival was held in April 2022.
    • SeaLink does not provide cash sponsorship. Support will only be given in the form of travel vouchers only consisting of SeaLink products and/or services.
    • It is to be noted that any travel voucher that is provided is given in good faith by SeaLink and will have travel condition dates attached to it. If the voucher is being used as a prize or auction item, these conditions must be made clear to the prospective purchaser or prize winner.
    • Applications must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the event to allow sufficient time for SeaLink to assess the request and respond.
    • Dependent on the size of the event, the applicant must provide details on where SeaLink will be recognised. If the marketing of the event has already commenced, SeaLink may not consider the sponsorship request.
    • Personal sponsorship is not accepted. Applications must show commercial or community benefits.
    • The sponsorship agreement will detail the deliverables that are required for sponsorship to be guaranteed. If the applicant cannot meet these requirements, the agreement will be terminated.