Trek makes a splash

Shepparton News - Country News - - OPINION -

The 2017 Mighty Mur­ray River Kayak Trek will again be rais­ing money for the Aus­tralian Hori­zons Foun­da­tions to sup­port coun­try towns by en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to get in­volved in the 2500 km pad­dle.

The trek will be­gin at Brin­gen­brong Bridge near Cor­ry­ong on Satur­day, Septem­ber 2 with a planned fin­ish date at Goolwa in South Aus­tralia on Novem­ber 3.

The char­ity is aim­ing to raise aware­ness of small towns and the men­tal health of their res­i­dents, as well as the im­por­tant of the Mur­ray River to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

A fundrais­ing cam­paign has been set up to fund a doc­u­men­tary to cap­ture the trek as well as the small com­mu­ni­ties vis­ited along the way.

Mel­bourne co­me­dian Flemo will join the trek, while a mes­sage stick from the Wi­rad­juri na­tion will be on board through­out the jour­nal and will be col­lected by Wi­rad­juri mem­ber Peter White at Goolwa and taken back to the el­ders.

Fundrais­ing chair and trek co-or­di­na­tor Anita Don­lon in­vited com­mu­ni­ties along the Mur­ray to get in­volved and help with fundrais­ing.

‘‘Our com­mu­ni­ties are filled with his­tory, cul­ture and spirit. Un­for­tu­nately we are see­ing all three slowly dy­ing away,’’ Ms Don­lon said.

‘‘This is our op­por­tu­nity to cap­ture the spirit on the doc­u­men­tary be­fore it is too late and present to those who sim­ply do not get the im­por­tance of pre­serv­ing our her­itage.

‘‘Politi­cians are sim­ply not lis­ten­ing to the de­struc­tion of the hu­man el­e­ment of their com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘Our fore­fa­thers saw the value of the river in the pi­o­neer­ing days and com­mu­ni­ties were set­tled be­cause of the river’s con­tri­bu­tion to not only the com­mu­nity but also the econ­omy.’’ ■ For more in­for­ma­tion on the trek go to the 2017 Mur­ray River Kayak Trek Face­book page, or to make a do­na­tion visit:­na­­tralian­hori­zons-foun­da­tion

Re­search on show . . . Curyo farmer Jim Rickard is co-host­ing Birchip Crop­ping Group’s 2017 Main Field Day on Septem­ber 13.

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