SES regional manager John Parker braved six Loddon Mallee waterways to raise funds for volunteers and their families in hardship.BARBARA SUNGAILA March 14, 2014 4:01am
SES regional manager John Parker and his team watched this glorious sunrise before his fundraising dip in Lake Eppalock early on Wednesday. Photo: submitted
Lake Eppalock provided a picturesque but chilly start for SES regional manager John Parker’s marathon 17km swim across six Loddon Mallee waterways on Wednesday.
Mr Parker took the plunge to raise money for the Victorian Emergency Service Association Welfare Fund which provides support and assistance for SES volunteers or their families during times of hardship.
‘‘There have been several incidents recently where one of our volunteers or their families has faced difficult circumstances and VESA has provided invaluable support and assistance,’’ Mr Parker said.
‘‘Witnessing the positive impact this fund has under these circumstances has motivated me to conduct this event.’’
Mr Parker braved the dawn waters at Eppalock alone.
Support crew members from Marong SES chose to stay warm and dry.
He continued at Cairn Curran Reservoir, Bridgewater on the Loddon River, Little Lake Boort, Lake Charm and Kangaroo Lake and concluded in the Murray River at Swan Hill.
Donations can be made to the VESA Welfare Fund at any Bendigo Bank.
All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
An average of one person a day attends Goulburn Valley Base Hospital either in an intoxicated state or with a history of risky alcohol consumption, an emergency department specialist says.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons will have to regroup after being dismantled by the Tigers in the OMFNL second semi-final.
Transition Tatura held a successful film festival, Communities Shaping the Future: a Day of Conversations and Films on Saturday, August 30.
Peter and Carmel O’Connell open their home to children for short-term foster care.
A building damaged in the Rochester flood in 2011 will be repaired using a Victorian Government allocation.
Hawthorn star visits Kyabram
Seymour Garden Club members remember the organisation's founder.
On Saturday, for the first time in Jerilderie Football Club's history, the Dees won three consecutive senior premierships.
Tellurian Wines’ Daniel Hopkins was thrilled to receive the top prize in the inaugural VIC100 wine awards at Federation Square in Melbourne.
Moira council has urged community to support Nathalia Men’s Shed to complete the project.
Deniliquin couple and foster carers Christine and David Donald are encouraging people to take on a foster child.
Apples were the food most seized and destroyed at Australian airports in 2013-14, but Fruit Growers Victoria is not alarmed.
William 'Bill' Cleeland was inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame last week in recognition of his lifetime of service to the transport industry.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.