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Kayakers inspired to help fight Parkinson's

Mildura’s Sam Faulkner and Tyler McPhee will start a 826km journey along the Murray River from Echuca in April.

JESS CRAIG February 5, 2014 4:54am

Tyler McPhee and Sam Faulkner.


Two kayakers aiming to raise money for Parkinson’s disease will start a 826km journey in Echuca.

Mildura’s Sam Faulkner and Tyler McPhee will paddle kayaks along the Murray River from Echuca to Mildura as they aim to raise funds for Parkinson’s Victoria.

The duo will leave Echuca on April 6 and plan to paddle around 50km a day over two to three weeks, unassisted.

The trip was inspired by Sam’s grandmother, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease for many years.

For Sam, the adventure was a way of supporting not just his grandmother, but the other 25 people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every day.

‘‘This is not about the illness itself, it’s about how we can help people with Parkinson’s have a better quality of life,’’ he said.

The men, both 21, are seeking sponsorship from local businesses, to achieve their fundraising goal.

Money raised would help the organisation fund research and continue its help in creating a better quality of life for patients and their families.

‘‘It’s a great way to get the community involved in an issue that we don’t really hear much about,’’ Tyler said.

‘‘It’s a really fun way to raise money and spend some time on the river, seeing all the different towns along the way.’’

The boys told the Riv they are yet to start an official training regime, but would likely start soon.

‘‘We’ve got a friend who is a personal trainer and she’s given us some tips,’’ Tyler said.

To view the pair’s Facebook page, visit Paddle for Parkinson’s.

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