Mighty River Run
2015 West End Mighty River Run
Novita Children's Services embarked on our 2015 West End Mighty River Run, Waikerie - there and back again, from 15 - 20 November.
Read our daily reports from the River.
The West End Mighty River Run takes up to 40 boats and their crews on a five-day trip along the Murray, featuring many spectacular sights of this magnificent river. Each night is at a different location, spending time in towns and homesteads along the way. Days and evenings are filled with activities, entertainment and games that everyone can enjoy.
Over the week-long event crews saw some truly amazing parts of the River Murray, with accommodation, meals and activities provided.
The idea to take a flotilla of boats along the mighty River Murray was brought to Novita by two of our dedicated Ambassadors, John Riddell and Jason ‘Snowy’ Carter.
Thank you to all of our 2015 crews for their significant contribution to the success of the 2015 West End Mighty River Run. This year’s Run was again a great success with more than $270,000 being raised so far for Novita Children's Services!
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Watch some highlights captured via drone of the 2015 West End Mighty River Run. Thank you to the 4 Wise Monkey's crew for supplying this footage.
Read a day by day recap of the 2015 West End Mighty River Run.
Reports from the River - Day 4
What an amazing start to the day we had this morning in Renmark. Waking up to a beautiful warm day and still waters, several of our crew members took the opportunity to get in some skiing before breakfast.
After another great breakfast from our caterers, Salt & Pepper catering, crews took to the river again for our return journey.
Today's leg from Renmark to Loxton, saw the usual water fights as the boats went through Lock 5, with everything from modest water pistols to massive water blasters in play, very few managed to stay dry.
Today's lunch stop was Berri where crews prepared their crafts to compete in the annual West End Beer Can Regatta whilst enjoying fish and chips on the riverbank. The aim of the Beer Can Regatta is for crews to travel the width of the river and back again on their made craft. While no flotation devices are permitted, we did as usual have some interesting adaptions to the rules. This year we had quite a few who successfully made the distance and the winners will be awarded their prizes at tonight's dinner.
After a big clean up of all the cans and raft materials, the boats set off on the last leg of today's journey - Loxton, where we will hold our Gala Dinner at the Loxton Club before bunking down for a nights rest and then setting of on our last day of the Run tomorrow.
Reports from the River - Day 3
Following a fantastic buffet dinner at the Renmark Club which included the presentations of the BCF tent building and fishing competition prizes to the winners, crews enjoyed a few games of darts and eightball before heading back to the Caravan Park for the night.
Arising on an already hot morning in Renmark, crews enjoyed another delicious breakfast by Salt & Pepper Caterers.
This morning crews took part in what everyone on the Run, considers to be the highlight of the week - time spent with kids from Berri Special School and some Novita clients.
Crews greeted the children fully decked out in their fancy dress costumes, which included everything from super-heroes, animals, pirates, gangsters and even Alice in Wonderland.
Everybody enjoyed a couple of hours of fun activities along with lots of water pistol fights to keep cool. Many photos were taken and we were visited by the local newspaper, The Murray Pioneer, who also took photos of the crews with the children,
After some lunch, the children headed off back to school with much regret at having to actually leave, however the amazing "goody-bags" they received which were absolutely full of items that crews had donated certainly put the smiles back on their faces.
After a relaxing afternoon of leisure (unfortunately the heat and strong winds kept most people off the water), crews will set off to their evening dinner in the Caravan Park. Tonight's dinner is roasted lamb, provided by Salt Bush Meats with some great entertainment including a mechanical bull for the crews to test their rodeo skills out on as well as great Adelaide band The Bluff, both provided by DJ's R Us.
Tomorrow we're back on the water and will be heading back to Loxton, via a lunch stop in Berri, for our Gala dinner tomorrow night at the Loxton Club.
Reports from the River - Day 2
This morning the crews left Loxton and had some fun in Lock 4 on their way to Lyrup, where they stopped for lunch and to compete in the BCF (Boating Camping Fishing) tent building and fishing competitions. The competitions were enjoyed by all and there were some pretty big fish reeled in, with one of the crews trying to pass off their “catch” as the biggest fish…pity it wasn’t a real one!
Jumping back into the boats the crews passed through Lock 5 and arrived in Renmark, where they will stay at the Big 4 Caravan Park and head to dinner at the Renmark Club later this evening. All winners from today’s competitions will be announced at dinner, but check out some of the happy snaps from the day below!
Reports from the River - Day 1
Participants in Novita's 2015 West End Mighty River Run arrived at Waikerie yesterday and enjoyed an opening dinner at the Waikerie Football Club. Emcee for the night, Novita ambassador Russell Ebert was joined by special guests John (JR) Riddell and Jason (Snowy) Carter in entertaining the crews with stories of their past adventures and experiences on previous River Runs.
This years' highest fundraising crew, Tide One On were presented with their trophy and all the crews took the opportunity to meet their fellow crew-mates.
Young Mighty River Run ambassadors, Dan and Sophie stole the show with their delight at receiving their official West End Mighty River Run shirts.
This morning, the quiet riverbank and still waters were awakened with crews enjoying breakfast whilst Triple M breakfast team Roo and Ditts broadcast their show live from the riverbank and then joined JR and Snowy in officially waving the boats off on the first leg of their journey.
After a 3 hour boat trip up river, crews arrived at Loveday where they were treated to an off-road rally demonstration and 5 crew members experienced the thrill and excitement of a hot lap in a rally car.
Refreshed after a great lunch and show, crews took to the river again on their trip to Loxton where they will be met by the Channel 7 helicopter with weather presenter Amelia Mulcahy.
After setting up camp at Loxton Caravan Park, crews will head off to dinner and a night of karaoke before hitting the swags and camp beds to rest up for day 2.
Meet our ambassadors
Previous West End Mighty River Runs
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2013 and 2014 event information