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Driven by water

One day, one ship, for one terminally ill guest with their family and close friends.


Stichting Vaarwens (Wish to Sail Foundation) gives terminal patients and their family an unforgettable day by navigating the Dutch IJsselmeer.

A special day on a special ship
Our guests are often restricted to a wheelchair and/or undergoing care in a hospital or hospice. Transportation by ambulance and/or medical care can be provided, if required.
This special day is completely free of charge; catering is also provided.
Till now, Stichting Vaarwens (the “Sailwish Foundation”) has provided a “Sailwish day” for more than 640 people.Gasten tm 2017

Are you touched by this concept?

You can help us to keep this ship sailing! Donating is very easy. On the counter you can find a money-box; every (small) amount of money will be appreciated. You may also donate via our website (just one click on the red button), or via direct money-transfer. Every donation will be spent on our guests. We are an officially registered foundation (ANBI) and we only work with experienced volunteers.

Do you want to register a day?

To register for a day sailing the IJsselmeer for yourself or for someone you know, please fill in the registration form (dutch) on our website. We will contact you within 24 hours.

The ship Meander V, also home to the initiators Evert and Inge, is a completely renovated ex-pilot ship, perfectly suitable for stretchers and wheelchairs.
In the current situation, we have only been able to sail to a maximum of 100 times per year. Too many times we have had to disappoint guests because of this limitation.

The new ship:

We have designed a completely new ship, fully adjusted to the needs of our guests. Thanks to many donations we have been able to sign the contract for its construction.
In January 2020 the new ship will be ready. We will then be able to sail more than 300 days per year.
Your financial support is thus seriously needed to continue this unique initiative.


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ANBI - Algemeen nut beogende instelling -

Vanaf 1-1-2008 zijn giften gedaan aan goeddoelinstellingen aftrekbaar van het belastbaar inkomen als de instelling aangemerkt is als algemeen nut beogende instelling (anbi). Met de zoekfunctie van de Belastingdienst* dient u voordat u een schenking doet te controleren of (de door u gedane) schenkingen aftrekbaar zijn. Vanzelfsprekend dient de schenking aan een anbi ook te voldoen aan alle overige eisen van de Belastingdienst.