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.”

Russell green and Peter Snowden

Russell Green (drinking) and Peter Snowden will tackle the Murray River from Renmark to the mouth.

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.

murray river morning

The boys will wake to many beautiful mornings like this on the Murray River expedition.

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.

Rotarians Action Group Against Slavery logo

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.

Russell Green in Rotary Fitness gear

Russell Green in training

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.

Itinerary

If you’d like to meet Russell and Peter, here is their planned itinerary:

DAYDATEDAYKM/DAYKm To GoNIGHT TIME CAMPSITEROTARY CLUB
SUN14TH OCT568RIVER BEND       85955131RENMARK
MON15TH OCT115553RUMPAGUNYA CREEK
TUES16TH OCT215538LYRUPBERRI
WED17TH OCT318520SAND BAR
THUR18TH OCT427493THIELS SAND BARLOXTON
FRID19TH OCT515478PYAP REACH
SAT20TH OCT615463NEW RESIDENCE
SUN21ST OCT720443BRUNO BAY
MON22ND OCT8NIL443BRUNO BAY    LAY DAY
TUES23RD925418OLD PARCOOLA
WED24TH OCT1014404GRAVEL HEAP
THUR25TH OCT1116388HART REACHWAIKERIE
FRID26TH OCT1219369TAYLORVILLE
SAT27TH OCT1325344HOGWASH
SUN28TH OCT1420324BRYANTS CREEK
MON29TH OCT1514310SCOTT CREEK
TUES30TH OCT1621289DONALD FLAT LAGOON
WED31ST OCT1719270CASTLES LANDING
THUR1ST NOV1810260260 KM MARK
FRID2ND NOV1926234BIG BEND
SAT3RD NOV2029206WALKER FLAT
SUN4TH NOV2119186BOW HILL
MON5TH NOV2218168YOUNG HUSBAND
TUES6TH NOV2318150MANNUM
WED7TH NOV24NIL150MANNUM  LAY DAY
THUR8TH NOV2516134POMPOOTA
FRID9TH NOV2616118GLEN LOSSIEMURRAY BRIDGE
SAT10TH NOV272494WESTBROOK CABINSMOBILONG
SUN11TH NOV28688TAILEM BENDTAILEM BEND
MON12TH NOV291276WELLINGTON
TUES13TH NOV3025CLAYTONGOOLWA
WED14TH NOV31250THE MOUTH