A group of mates have set out to water ski the length of the Murray, while raising much-needed funds for a worthy cause

MATES: Skiers Scott Collins and Ben Berry with drivers/observers David Atley and Jeff McCulloch stopped in Tailem Bend last week. Photo: Emma Z.
MATES: Skiers Scott Collins and Ben Berry with drivers/observers David Atley and Jeff McCulloch stopped in Tailem Bend last week. Photo: Emma Z.

Last month a group of mates set off on the challenge of a lifetime, not only have they achieved something that has never been done before, they have so far raised over $65,000 for cystic fibrosis.

On February 23 a team of six, two skiers, two drivers and two committee members, left the Hume Dam in Victoria and rounded out the 2438 kilometre journey in Goolwa on Friday.

The group of mates came up with the idea to ski the full navigable length of the river – the first to do so – over two years ago. Inspired by the skier’s, Scott Collins and Ben Berry, love of the water-sport and motivated by their desire to raise funds for families affected by CF.

“Everyone in this team has been affected by CF, either directly or by having a connection with families who are affected” said Mr Collins.

The team said they faced some challenges early on in the journey –  facing conditions considered not ideal to water-ski through  – and while they made the call to not take the risk and ski those sections early on, they endeavour to complete the entire run.

Mr Berry said that while skiing everyday had been physically demanding, it was all worth it.

“I feel privileged to have been able to do this,” he said.

“We all do, it has been a great journey and the support of people we have met along the way, and sharing their stories with CF, has been inspiring.”

The team strive to raise a total of $75,000 for the CF community.

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