Murchison resident Juliet Palmer has been busy this week paddling on the Murray River as part of the 404km Mighty Murray Paddle. Joined by other team members from all corners of Australia, the Chicks with Attitude (CWA) team are raising funds for the National Centre for Farmers Health (NCFH). The National Health Centre provides funding for valuable research into illnesses specific to farming communities, the causes of these illnesses and how to reduce their impact. (For more detail go to 3610 edition 19, page 2)
This is Juliet’s second year of the Murray River Paddle and says that the weather conditions have been better this year than last. “It is great being back with the CWA paddle team who are more like a big family. It’s not all jam and Jerusalem.” Juliet said.
Wednesday November 21 the team paddled into Echuca past the paddle steamers and the port. Greeted with and indigenous smoke ceremony, elders were dressed in skins and feathers and leaves. “There was a didgeridoo playing and rhythm sticks. I felt totally blessed coming out of the water” Juliet said.
The cooler weather had been appreciated and no one has had to be treated for heat exhaustion this year. The breeze while welcomed can work against paddlers at times. The river is much higher than last year and currents have been big so far, and today (Thursday’s) challenge will be getting into slow backed up water toward Torrumbarry.
Donations can still be made to the Chicks with Attitude in their quest to raise funds, the go fund me page will be open until 3pm on Friday November 23. (Search for CWA Chicks with Attitude)
For more information about the Paddle this year, got to https://www.massivemurraypaddle.org.au/