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Fireys support flying doctors
A group of CFA volunteers and staff from across the state are hosting a novel event to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The Trek The Track group, based in Wangaratta, consists of firefighters and friends who each year ‘go bush’, trekking on motorbikes to some of the more remote parts of the country.
The treks have been running for four years and each year a video is made of the two-week trip, covering the highlights (and lowlights) and the places the guys go. In recent years, they've ventured to Tibooburra, Birdsville, Cameron’s Corner, Lake Eyre, Tarcoola, Ceduna and the Gawler Ranges.
SSO Carl Stiblj explains the trek concept fairly simply, “Every year we want to go out, challenge ourselves, and take the less-travelled tracks”. Take a look at the team's photos and movies on its website: http://trekthetrack.weebly.com/
As with any people who travel into remote areas, there is a reliance on the Flying Doctors in case of accident, injury or illness. In the last two years, the guys haven’t needed the Flying Doctors, but have needed medical assistance following a motorbike meeting a kangaroo at speed and a nasty, sucking-bee sting.
To assist the RFDS, the team hosts screenings of the video, open to the general public, and collects donations for entry. What started at the Wangaratta Tafe three years ago went to a sold-out show at the Wangaratta Cinema last year, raising $1,500.
This year the’ Trek The Track 3, from Desert to the Sea’ movie is expected to run for two or more nights, and hopes of raising over $2,000 are high.
Trek the Track 3: From the Desert to the Sea, featuring the guys travelling to South Australia's Lake Gairdner, down Goog’s Track, which runs through 170 kilometres of sand dunes north of Ceduna, and into the Gawler Ranges, will premiere at the Wangaratta Cinema on Sunday 25 August 2013 at 3.30pm.
TTT Team members, who include staff and volunteers from Wangaratta, Mildura, Oxley Flats, Dandenong and Warrnambool would appreciate your support. If you can’t attend the movie, donations can be made through the Team's Everyday Hero website: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/trek-the-trak