Mildura Weekly : Friday February 14 2014 Vol 8 No 15
Mildura Weekly – 14/02/14 19 www.milduraphonebook.com.au TWO Mildura mates will kayak down the Murray River in the name of charity this April, with Sam Faulkner and Tyler McPhee, both 21, aiming to raise more than $3000 for Parkinson’s Victoria as part of their ‘Paddle for Parkinson’s’ initiative. The close friends will paddle their kayaks 826km unassisted along the Murray River, starting in Echuca on April 6. The boys are expecting to spend anywhere from two to three weeks on the water, stopping in Barham, Swan Hill, Tooleybuc, Boundary Bend, Robinvale, Wemen, Nangiloc and Gol Gol along the way before arriving home in Mildura. “Our goal is to paddle up to 50km a day,” Sam, an auto electri- cian by day, said. “If we can cover that distance than we should finish the trip within 18 days. “Obviously we’re going to have some tough days in between, so the plan is to go hard for the first few days and try and get ahead of the game.” Tyler, a builder with Paul Butler Homes, said the Paddle for Parkin- son’s idea came about a few months ago, with the initial idea originally the basis of a “boy’s trip away.” “Being young blokes and good mates Sam and I are always looking at what mischief we can get up to next, and we had been saying for a while that we wanted to go on a kayak and camping trip,” Tyler said. “Once we started getting serious about organising the trip we figured why not try and raise a bit of money for a worthy charity in the process? “Our inspiration is actually Sam’s grandmother, who has suf- fered from Parkinson’s for a num- ber of years. “The response has so far been incredible, with quite a few busi- nesses – my own boss, Paul Butler, included – quick to come on board and help us out, and while we’re still on the lookout for sponsors, we have already received tremen- dous support in the way of dona- tions and discounted gear, with one ofourmates–whoisachef–even preparing some food for us – which we can transport and re-heat during the trip.” According to recent statistics, 25 people are diagnosed with Parkin- son’s Disease every day, with 20 per- cent of those cases occurring before the sufferer reaches the age of 65. “This trip is going to be a great way to get the community involved in an issue that they don’t really hear much about,” Tyler said. “From a personal point of view it’s going to be a fun way to raise money, spend some time on the river and see all the different towns along the way.” Sam said that while the pair had been kayaking for some time, they had never undertaken a trip of this scale. “It’s going to be a huge chal- lenge,” he said. “Our plan is to just enjoy it as much as possible. “While we’re yet to kick the training into full gear, we’re both determined to make sure we’re fit and ready to go, and make sure we can complete the journey in one piece. “I’m sure being able to stop in a few towns for a beer and a parmi along the way will also help re- charge the batteries!” Mildura residents are being en- couraged to follow the duo’s prog- ress on Facebook (www.facebook. com/pages/Sam-and-Tylers-Big- Paddle/251178065043450), while also being encouraged to contribute to the cause. “To be honest when we first came up with the idea we would have been happy to raise $200,” Sam said. “Every cent raised will make a difference, and we’re certainly en- couraging residents to donate what they can.” More information about Par- kinson’s Victoria is available by vis- iting www.parkinsonsvic.org.au. Donations can be made directly to the Paddle For Parkinson’s ac- count, with details available on Sam and Tyler’s Facebook page. Mates take on the Murray for Parkinson’s MILDURA’S male residents will have the chance to participate in a national study over the com- ing weeks, with the aim to in- vestigate male health practices. Public health statistics have recently shown that men’s health in Australia is well and truly on the ‘sick list,’ with Aus- sie blokes worse off than their female counterparts. Men die – on average – five years younger than women, while also having a higher mor- tality from injuries and suicide, and being at greater risk of many cancers and chronic con- ditions. The study – called Ten to Men – is being organised by the University of Melbourne with the aim to “fill the knowl- edge gap” on male health. The first large scale study of its kind in Australia, Ten to Men will collect data on male health including general well-being, lifestyle, mental health, diet, ex- ercise, social networks and rela- tionships, with the information to help inform Government policy and program develop- ment to improve health services access and general health for Australian men. From this month onwards Ten to Men researchers will be knocking on doors in select ar- eas of the Mildura region, invit- ing males aged between 10 and 55 to take part in the study. More information about the Ten to Men study is available by visiting www.tentomen.org.au . National men’s study seeks input Phone 5021 1777 for further information or email: email@example.com 424 San Mateo Ave, Mildura Mildura Weekly Photographer Darren Seiler Now providing professional • Real Estate • Corporate photography services Now Available... HOME DELIVERIES PHONE 0438 273 302 OR 0419 906 175 G uaran t eed FR ES H !!!
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