Russell Green is an inspirational Rotarian with a passion. The footer on his email says, “If your ‘Everest’ is out there waiting to be climbed, then do it now while you can.”
On October 14, he will set off with his longtime paddling partner, Peter Sowden, of the Rotary Club of Walkerville, on a 600km paddle down the River Murray from Renmark to the Murray Mouth.
“The trip will take at least a month, particularly due to a lack of flow in the river – and the age of the paddlers!” Russell quips.
Russell is Secretary and President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Regency Park. He is also coordinator of Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery in South Australia and is endeavouring to raise funds to provide a refuge for those freed from slavery.
The ‘big paddle’ is a fundraiser in support of a women and girls refuge in Kalimpong, North East Bengal, close to the border with Nepal, Bhutan and China. The project provides a shelter for young trafficked women and girls in the area.
The project is being managed by the Rotary Club of Dunbar in Scotland and the Rotary Club of Kalimpong in Bengal. A Vocational Training Centre, “Phase 1” has been completed and the fundraising is now for “Phase 2” – the Women’s Crisis Centre.
This expedition is being supported by the Rotary Club of Regency Park, making this a truly international collaboration.
If you are able to make a donation to this worthwhile cause, please donate online to:
Rotary Club Regency Park. BSB 105011. A/c 112998740
Daily progress reports will be on the club’s Facebook page.
If you’d like to meet Russell and Peter, here is their planned itinerary:
|DAY||DATE||DAY||KM/DAY||Km To Go||NIGHT TIME CAMPSITE||ROTARY CLUB|
|SUN||14TH OCT||568||RIVER BEND 85955131||RENMARK|
|MON||15TH OCT||1||15||553||RUMPAGUNYA CREEK|
|WED||17TH OCT||3||18||520||SAND BAR|
|THUR||18TH OCT||4||27||493||THIELS SAND BAR||LOXTON|
|FRID||19TH OCT||5||15||478||PYAP REACH|
|SAT||20TH OCT||6||15||463||NEW RESIDENCE|
|SUN||21ST OCT||7||20||443||BRUNO BAY|
|MON||22ND OCT||8||NIL||443||BRUNO BAY LAY DAY|
|WED||24TH OCT||10||14||404||GRAVEL HEAP|
|THUR||25TH OCT||11||16||388||HART REACH||WAIKERIE|
|SUN||28TH OCT||14||20||324||BRYANTS CREEK|
|MON||29TH OCT||15||14||310||SCOTT CREEK|
|TUES||30TH OCT||16||21||289||DONALD FLAT LAGOON|
|WED||31ST OCT||17||19||270||CASTLES LANDING|
|THUR||1ST NOV||18||10||260||260 KM MARK|
|FRID||2ND NOV||19||26||234||BIG BEND|
|SAT||3RD NOV||20||29||206||WALKER FLAT|
|SUN||4TH NOV||21||19||186||BOW HILL|
|MON||5TH NOV||22||18||168||YOUNG HUSBAND|
|WED||7TH NOV||24||NIL||150||MANNUM LAY DAY|
|FRID||9TH NOV||26||16||118||GLEN LOSSIE||MURRAY BRIDGE|
|SAT||10TH NOV||27||24||94||WESTBROOK CABINS||MOBILONG|
|SUN||11TH NOV||28||6||88||TAILEM BEND||TAILEM BEND|
|WED||14TH NOV||31||25||0||THE MOUTH|