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Fireys support flying doctors

  • In 2012 the team camped at Lake Gairdner, South Australia
  • The TTT Team in 2011, east of Birdsville.
  • Lake Dick, central New South Wales
  • Campfire Cameraderie is all part of the trip
  • 2012, Goog's Track - 170 kilometres of soft sandhills.
  • The Team's Uncle Gary from Oxley Flats on Goog's Track.
  • The logo for the 2013 trek - to Maralinga.
  • One of the South Australian locals
  • Sometimes things break - so we have a mechanical genius!
  • On the surface of Lake Gairdner
  • Fuelling up at Mt Ive Station, south of Lake Gairdner
  • Rohan Yorstan of Bendigo on Mt Ive
  • Stopped outside a station north of the Gawler Ranges.
  • You've heard the one about the scuba diver who got sucked up by a water bomber yeah? Well....

By: David Ferguson

Category: Events / Fundraising / Offers, People

  6.46 PM 15 August, 2013

Location: General

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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:

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:

Last Updated: 27 August 2013