The Darling River

A Trip Worthwhile

The Rotary Club of Coromandel Valley has recently hosted the River to Rail Outback Tag-along Adventure raising an amazing $10,000 for Australian Prostate Cancer (APC).

Run over eight nights, the tour commenced at Wentworth NSW on Saturday the 30th of May and travelled to Peterborough, SA where it ended on June 6th.

Kicking off with a paddle boat ride at the junction of the Darling and Murray Rivers, the 14 cars then made their way to Broken Hill, stopping at Tilpa Station for an Italian themed dinner extravaganza along the bank of the Darling.

From there the cohort travelled to Silverton where the local CFS was waiting with a bonfire and feast, before finishing up at the inaugural sound and light show at Peterborough Steam Town Museum.

To further boost their funds raised for APC, a number of auctions were held along the way with items donated by local CFS groups.

The leaders of the Rotary Club’s expedition;  Ken Spratt, Terry Crabb and Don Ward.

The leaders of the Rotary Club’s expedition; Ken Spratt, Terry Crabb and Don Ward.

The masterminds and leaders of the Rotary Club’s expedition; Terry Crabb, Don Ward and Ken Spratt, are thrilled with the amount of money raised and the number of people who got involved in the event.

“Since the tour we have sent out questionnaires to everyone involved and without exception they all had a wonderful experience,” Terry said.

“We look forward to planning another expedition next year.”

Having now conducted tag-along tours for five years, this was only the second tour specifically hosted to raise money for prostate cancer.

“It tracks back to a tag-along trip we did with our friend Brian who died of prostate cancer,” Terry said.

“In memory of Brian we decided to host another tour and donate the funds raised to medical research into prostate cancer.”

With one in four men diagnosed with prostate cancer, the tour was also a means of raising community awareness.

“Prostate cancer claims a lot of lives and it needs greater exposure – we were pleased to push that particular bandwagon,” Terry said.

“Without research a cure will never be found and this demonstrated why we need to support research into this disease,” added Don.

APC is incredibly grateful for the support from the River to Rail Group and look forward to working with them again in the near future!



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