About 110 people in boats left Echuca for the start of this year’s Murray Meander on Saturday.MONIQUE PRESTON February 25, 2013 4:57am
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.
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