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 2500km 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: www.donation.giveeasy.org/australian-horizons-foundation