Man on a Mur­ray mis­sion

The Riverine Herald - - GAME ON SUMMER -

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.

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