Man on a Murray mission
ECHUCA-MOAMA will be getting a visit from a man on a mission down the Murray for Movember.
Koo Wee Rup retired motor mechanic, Peter Scott, 58, and a few mates are set to embark on an epic six-week, solar-powered journey along the entire length of the Murray River in a purpose-built boat, and it’s all in the name of men’s health.
He’s undertaking his voyage on the world’s third longest navigable river to raise awareness and to educate others about men’s health.
Peter has the ambitious goal to raise $15,000 and awareness for men’s health charity, the Movember Foundation.
He estimated he should be in the twin towns on November 3 and Barmah on November 7.
The boat will travel at a steady pace of 5-10km/h to only run on solar power and reduce battery use.
“It’ll depend on the day how far I get, on a sunny day I could get 50-60km and on cloudy days it could be more of a fishing day,” Peter said.
Peter has spent the past 18 months putting in the hard yards to build ‘Stray Current’, named to signify the use of solar power and the flow of the river to power the vessel.
“There are a few last-minute things to do but it’s almost scary how easily it’s all coming together — I’ve got a sticker on the back saying, ‘what could possibly go wrong?’”
Throughout the trip, Peter will be inviting people to join him aboard the boat, in the hope of sparking open conversations among mates and to inspire men to take a more active approach with their health.
Fuelled by a family history of depression and his grandfather’s suicide, Peter is determined for more men to share their experiences and in the process, raise awareness of men’s health issues.
Three out of four suicides in Australia are by men, with 450 Victorian men dying by suicide each year.
“With farmers doing it tough in the drought, I thought the Movember Foundation would be good to support,” Peter said.
In between his five-hour day stints, Peter will be stopping in at local towns along the way to charge the boat batteries and rattle the fundraising tin.
“I’ll be partnering with businesses to stand out the front and rattle the tin, but I’m looking to advertise them on the boat too,” Peter said.
“My goal is to get everyone along the way to donate just one coin to the cause. riverineherald.com.au
“I’m hoping for $15,000 but we’ll see how that goes.”
Rachel Carr, Movember Foundation Australia country director, said support from people like Peter is important to get the message out.
“Being part of the Movember movement is about raising the volume on men’s health and I’ll be joining our Mo Bros and Sistas in shouting from the rooftops this Movember.
“There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done — but with each Mo grown, dollar raised and story shared by our Movember community we get closer to our goal of stopping men dying too young.”
Go to give.everydayhero.com/au/ mountains-to-the-mouth-straycurrent
ON HIS WAY: Peter at the helm of his boat (above) and pictured left with his daughter Krystie and wife Anne. He expects to reach EchucaMoama next week.