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.
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