Sitting in a boat, a youngster has hands on steering wheel sitting next to adult.

Fun at a previous Freedom Waters event.

Once again, Freedom Waters Foundation brings a therapeutic boating weekend to area veterans and children with life-threatening illnesses/special needs and their families at Lake Lanier. Port Royale Marina is hosting the event, scheduled for Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22.

The event is a chance for people who may not have access to boating because of physical or other limitations to experience time on the water. To support the two-day event, organizers are seeking volunteer boats and captains, land-event volunteers and sponsors.

“We had such an amazing amount of support from the Lake Lanier boating community, and our families enjoyed the event so much, we’ll be hosting the third annual Freedom Waters Foundation Weller Day Boat Outings, this year on Saturday and Sunday,” said Debra Frenkel, founder and executive director of the group based in Naples, Fla. “Our success is based on the generosity of the boat owners and volunteers each year. It’s a very rewarding experience, for our veterans and children with life-threatening illnesses/special needs and their families, and also for our many volunteers.”

Saturday’s boating day will focus on veterans and their spouses; on Sunday, children with serious illnesses/special needs and their families will be hosted for boat rides. On both days, Port Royale Marina and various sponsors will provide lunch and entertainment for the participants, guests, boat owners and volunteers.

The organization is seeking private boats of all types and their owners to provide rides on one or both days. The group is also asking for sponsors and for volunteers for the land events.

“People who go boating regularly know the therapeutic effects of being on the water. This is another reason for them to share their boat with others who might not have the opportunity,” she said. “That’s why Freedom Waters Foundation hosts these two-day boating events at Lake Lanier, in Indiana and all over south Florida. It has been so rewarding and amazing to see how much our participants and volunteers enjoy time on the water. For many of them, it’s a dream come true.”

To volunteer a boat or your time, or to provide sponsorship support, or for questions about the Port Royale event, visit: or call 239 263-2377.