An arduous and at times treacherous journey on the Murray River had a joyous end for those involved.
The Boating for Brains crew took part in a five-day, 576km paddle last week, breaking a Guinness World Record in the process.
The record attempt, from Yarrawonga to Swan Hill, has so far raised $210,000 for the Royal Children’s Hospital’s Neuroimaging service and was the driving force behind the attempt.
A number of fathers of children affected by epilepsy, one of whom was from Bendigo, were involved in the paddle.
Read more: Bendigo part of epilepsy fundraising push
Bendigo parents Peter and Anna supported the Boating for Brains crew to raise funds for the RCH after it treated their daughter Olivia, who had severe epilepsy.
Participant Alex Evans said the group was thrilled with its fundraising efforts and hoped to reach $250,000.
Two capsizes and the rescue of a drowning dog were highlights of the lengthy journey, where paddlers were up at 4.30am each morning, Mr Evans said.
More info: http://www.boatingforbrains.com.au/
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