About 110 people in boats left Echuca for the start of this year’s Murray Meander on Saturday.By Monique Preston
The Murray River was ablaze with pink and blue on Saturday as about 110 people boats left Echuca for the start of this year’s Murray Meander.
Crews in 26 boats set off from the Echuca East boat ramp in their tinnies on an eight-day, 820km journey to Mildura.
Run by the Horizon Committee, the meander is not a race, but more a contest of wits, ingenuity and social endurance and is a chance for community minded people to raise money for breast cancer and prostate cancer support services.
The first day consisted of an 82km leg to Torrumbarry, while last night the crews spent the night in Murrabit.
Other overnight stops are planned for Swan Hill, Tooleybuc, Boundary Bend, Robinvale, Mt Dispersion and Gol Gol, before the meander arrives in Mildura on Saturday.
The meander is an annual trip which aims to complete a tour of the entire Murray River, in tinnies, over the course of three years.
This is the third time the meander participants have completed the second section of the river.
Each team in the event raises money during the year for the event with money raised going to the Otis Foundation which provides retreat accommodation for women with breast cancer, and Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia, which funds oncology nursing scholarships to support prostate cancer services.
The other beneficiary is the Echuca YMCA One and All Inclusion Project.
A Shepparton man will face court today after being charged with child porn offences.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
Echuca-Moama Hockey Club players will take to the hockey grounds in Melbourne for this weekend's Victorian Junior Country Championships.
Outreach worker Les Twentyman, a local policeman and ERH worker, were among guest speakers at the Rochester and Elmore District Health Service community forum about substance abuse last week.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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