World record dragon boat at­tempt

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

This Satur­day a group of par­ents of chil­dren who have re­ceived life-chang­ing neu­ro­log­i­cal treat­ment at The Royal Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal (RCH) in Melbourne will form part of crew aptly named ‘Boat­ing for Brains’, at­tempt­ing to set a new Guin­ness World Record for the long­est recorded jour­ney by dragon boat.

The 22-strong crew will at­tempt to pad­dle 600km on the Mur­ray River from Yar­ra­wonga to Swan Hill over

5-6 days and raise over $200,000 in sup­port of the RCH’s neu­roimag­ing ser­vice.

The cur­rent world record of 545.56km was set on the Mis­souri River in the USA in 2010.

Hun­dreds of Aus­tralian chil­dren with var­i­ous forms of un­con­trolled epilepsy are man­aged at the RCH each year.

Many are eval­u­ated for surgery us­ing ad­vanced neu­roimag­ing tech­niques. With­out treat­ment these chil­dren can have lim­ited prospects of lead­ing nor­mal lives.

The Yar­ra­wonga Yacht Club are also host­ing a fundrais­ing din­ner for the ‘Boat­ing for Brains’ group at the Yar­ra­wonga Yacht Club on Fri­day, Novem­ber 2 at 6pm with tick­ets for the din­ner avail­able for $20 un­til Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29 by con­tact­ing Julie Brooks on 0419240478 or Mar­garet True on 0400574330.

This is a great fundraiser for a worth­while cause so make sure to get to the fundrais­ing din­ner at the Yacht Club on Fri­day, Novem­ber 2 and make your way to the boat ramp be­low the Yar­ra­wonga Weir from 6am Satur­day, Novem­ber 3 to see the group take off.

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