A rare first for the Murray

January 05, 2018

THE length of the Murray has been swum, kayaked, jet skied, cycled, walked and run.

THE length of the Murray has been swum, kayaked, jet skied, cycled, walked and run.

It has never been water skied

Now, it’s being attempted to raise money for cystic fibrosis.

As part of ‘‘Ski4CF,’’ a group of six will undertake the 15 day journey to ski the 2438 kilometre journey.

The team, including three from Kyabram, will attempt the feat in February of 2018.

Scott Collins said the event was going to be challenging, but the team were excited for the task.

‘‘Obviously no one has water skied the river, so it gives us the opportunity to do something that has never been done before.’’

For Scott, cystic fibrosis is an incredibly important cause.

One month prior to his second birthday, Scott’s mother passed away as a result of the condition.

‘‘It’s an incredibly important cause for everyone involved. We as a group are all closely affected, often personally affected by cystic fibrosis through a sibling or another close family member. It’s a horrible condition for the person who suffers from it, but it also has a major impact on those around them.’’

Cystic fibrosis is a condition that affects the lungs and digestive system.

The condition causes the creation of mucus in the affected areas of the body, impacting vital body functions.

Bacteria becomes trapped in the body, causing recurrent infections.

There is no known cure.

The task that awaits the team is incredibly gruelling.

The event begins at the Indi/Swampy Plain junction, going all the way to the Murray’s mouth at Barrages in South Australia.

Of the 15 legs of the event, the shortest will be an 88 km ski.

The longest, however, sees 237km being skied — twice.

Currently the group has raised close to $5000, but is nowhere near satisfied.

‘‘We want to raise at least $50,000 because that will make the trip even more worthwhile.

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