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Bunch of Aquaholics set to meander down mighty Murray

The Murray Meander is set to get underway later this month, with this year's instalment taking place between Echuca and Mildura.

JOHN LEWIS February 5, 2013 4:35am

Tom Garrett and Andrew Prentice and their wives Linda Prentice and Annie Garrett are heading off on the Murray Meander later this month.

The annual Murray Meander launches again this month with tinnies taking to the water from Echuca to Mildura to raise money for cancer charities.

A fleet of 26 boats is set to leave Echuca on Saturday, February 23, for the week-long 830km meander to Mildura that annually attracts teams from across Australia.

Event co-ordinator Dick Phillips said the Echuca-based event started in 2006 and had so far raised $750000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia and the Otis Foundation, which provides free retreat accommodation for women with breast cancer.

‘‘A lot of people have a journey down the Murray on their bucket list — this is a way of doing it with the logistics taken care of, and for a good cause,’’ Mr Phillips said.

The meander is spread over three years — with boats each year taking on a different section of the Murray — from Corryong to Echuca, Echuca to Mildura and Mildura to Goolwa in South Australia.

Shepparton-based Linda and Andrew Prentice did their first meander last year when they travelled 735km from Bringenbrong Bridge at Corryong to Echuca.

They are up for the second leg to Mildura under the team name of ‘‘Aquaholics’’, despite wet weather and a holed boat last year.

‘‘It was a really uplifting event — everybody was helping out. It was about raising money and it was just really good fun,’’ Mrs Prentice said.

Mr Phillips said the Prentices raised $12500 — just missing out on the award for top team fundraisers.

Anyone wishing to sponsor the Aquaholics can phone Andrew on 0418570921 or fellow team member Tom Garrett on 0418575077.

Watch out for a two-page spread in this Saturday’s Weekend Life on the uplifting history of the Murray Meander and an account of the Prentice’s hair-raising journey down a flooded Murray River.


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