We have our first Grantee!

December 3, 2012

Rudi’s Mates has been able to help a rigger in Sausalito, California during a very difficult injury.  Mr. Dave LeClerq is unable to work as a rigger while he awaits for surgery early next year that will get him back on his feet and working again in the industry he loves.

Mr. LeClerq’s thank you letter, “I want to thank Lori Rudiger and the Rudi’s Mates Fund for getting me a grant of $5000.00.  I have been in the marine industry for over 30 years, but due to the physical nature of the work and a degenerative spinal condition, I can no longer work.  I have spinal surgery scheduled at the San Francisco VA Medical Center with a 3-6 month recovery period.  I am currently receiving state disability payments which will barely cover my rent through the surgery and recovery period.  Because of the grant I hopefully can make it through this period financially and return to work.  I think the Rudi’s Mates Fund is a worthy cause and I want to thank all of the people who made donations.”

This is exactly what Rudi’s Mates is all about, supporting sailing industry workers in time of great need.  We are so honored to be a part of Mr. LeClerq’s support system and wish him a swift recovery.


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