Coffs Computing Services donated an ipad to Callum Small and Jo and Will Ashley which has allowed them to communicate while they embark on a 40 day kayak trek down the Murray River to raise money for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
Coffs Computing Services donated an ipad to Callum Small and Jo and Will Ashley which has allowed them to communicate while they embark on a 40 day kayak trek down the Murray River to raise money for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Local kayakers a third of the way through epic journey

THREE local boys are almost a third of the way through their epic journey kayaking down the Murray River.

Raising money for the for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, Callum Small along with Jo and Will Ashley are paddling for about 60km each day as they embark on 2225 trek down the Murray.

While having the adventure of a lifetime, the Bishop Druitt College students hoped to raise $10,000 for their chosen charity but that target has already been smashed.

With four weeks of the gruelling paddle still remaining, the boys have already raised $13,000 and are looking for more.

People can still donate by visiting the boys website at www.kayak4acure.com while the lads who were happy to give up their school holidays for a cause are simply happy to spread a positive word or two about teenagers living life to the fullest.

Aside from fatigue, the biggest challenge the boys are facing at the moment is the amount of wake water being caused by other boats enjoying the Christmas/New Year period on the river as well.

Callum said the group has spent most of their their past couple of days paddling "trying to balance our kayaks against the wake caused by various watercraft taking advantage of whatever space on the river they could find.

Unfortunately for us this meant constantly adjusting and maneuvering our kayaks to avoid any capsizing or water pouring into our cockpits."



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