2500 kms in a tinny? You don’t need to be crazy!

You don’t have to be crazy, but a sense of humour & need for adventure is a great start. Welcome to the Murray Charity Meander. Echuca-Moama to Mildura February 23rd to March 2nd 2013

The Murray Charity Meander is not a race, more a contest of wits, ingenuity & social endurance and is an excellent opportunity for community minded people to raise funds for breast and prostate cancer support services, plus enjoy a week long trip on the magnificent Murray River.

The 2012 Murray Charity Meander attracted a field of 35 boats with 153 individuals travelling fromn Bringenbrong Bridge to Echuca-Moama. The event drew teams from Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, the Hunter region of NSW as well as regional Victoria

Otis Foundation which provides free retreat accommodation for women with breast cancer, received $70,000 to support facilities in Bendigo, Towong, Thredbo, Goolwa, Moama & Chewton. 

Participants in the 2013 Meander will have the opportunity to visit the Otis Retreat property at Deep Creek Marina, downstream from Echuca. Our donation will allow The Otis Foundation to continue to expand its accommodation network. Further information is available from www.otisfoundation.org.au

Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia has been allocated funds to provide more oncology nursing scholarships nationally. This year’s scholarships include recipients from Balranald, Albury, Mildura and Melbourne. These will again be co-ordinated through Echuca Regional Health.

Fund raising from the Meander has provided 37 scholarships to date.

The event consists of a fleet of tinnies travelling along the length of the Murray in three one week stages over three years. In 2008 we completed our first journey from the alps to the sea. The 2013 Meander will see the middle section of the ‘3rd lap’. More info is available from www.horizonechuca.com

There are many mixed teams that participate and in 2009 saw our the first all female crew. Since then we have had many all female teams complete the journey.

The event is conducted by the Horizon Committee Inc in Echuca. The major beneficiaries being cancer support agencies, including The Otis Foundation which provides free retreat accommodation, for those with breast cancer, at venues in Towong, Thredbo, Bendigo, Chewton, Goolwa, Hunter Valley & Echuca. (www.otisfoundation.org.au) The facilities are utilised by guests from across Australia.

Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia is sponsored by the event to provide oncology nursing scholarships in hospitals around Australia. The scholarships are co-ordinated through Echuca Regional Heath. Eight scholarships were initially funded in 2008 and continue to increase annually with the success of the event.

Whilst all participants enjoy an excellent week on the river, the main object of the event is to raise funds to assist Breast Cancer & Prostate Cancer Support Services. Each team is expected to seek sponsorship and raise funds during the year, as well as during the event.

More details at www.murraymeander.com.au