Mighty River Run

Reports from the River - Day 5

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The West End Mighty River Run wrapped up today as the crews pulled into Murray Bridge to the delight of many clients and families who had travelled to welcome the boats into shore. Dressed in various fancy dress outfits the crews were in high spirits after celebrating the amazing fundraising total of over $435,000 last night at the Pretoria Hotel Gala Dinner.

Novita would like to sincerly thank all volunteers, sponsors, and partners of the Run.

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Reports from the River - Day 4 

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We were joined today by Novita Chief Executive, Glenn Rappensberg, for the journey from Blanchetown to Mannum. The weather decided it would challenge us, but we made it through a wet and windy day, safely pulling into Mannum right on schedule and ready for the final night Gala Dinner tonight.

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Reports from the River - Day 3 

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We left Waikerie on schedule this morning, and enjoyed taking in the glorious weather as we journeyed down to Morgan for lunch. There, the crews were treated to a Jet Ski Experience courtesy of Mighty River Run sponsor Club Marine, which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. This afternoon we're enjoying some free time before we head to Blanchetown for tonight's festivities and rest spot.

We can't believe we're over halfway to the finish line. We're having so much fun and still raising funds!

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Pictures from the River - Days 1 & 2 

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Reports from the River - Day 2 

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Today the crews and support team said goodbye to Loxton after a wonderful night was spent in the historic town. Stopping at Kingston on Murray for some lunch, they popped into Banrock Station for some nibbles and wine tasting whilst stretching their legs and enjoying dry land.

A calm afternoon back on the river, the crews have now moored for the last time today, and are looking forward to dinner at the Waikerie Hotel.

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Reports from the River - Day 1 

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The West End Mighty River Run successfully launched this morning from the Big 4 Holiday Park Renmark, with 39 boats taking to the River Murray in spectacular fashion. We stopped for lunch at Berri where we were greeted by the wonderful students of Riverland Special School. Together with the crews the children made flags to take home and then got to meet our Novita Star. Along with some helpers, Novita Star gave each child a goody bag before they headed back to school.

Next on today’s agenda was the annual West End Beer Can Regatta, in which crews competed to see who would make it across the river first in their homemade watercrafts, built using cans provided by West End. Today’s winner was Huge Cods.

A beautiful afternoon was spent travelling further down the river, with tonight’s festivities and lodgings being at Loxton. After a long day, all of the crews and support staff are eager for tonight’s dinner at the Loxton Historical Village.

Tomorrow we look forward to travelling from Loxton to Waikerie, stopping off at Banrock Station for some wine tasting and lunch along the way.

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2014 West End Mighty River Run 

The Mighty River Run launches from Renmark at 9am on Monday 16 November! Check in here daily, and follow us on Facebook, for all the latest news from the Run.

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What's it all about?

The 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 past seven years, more than $966,000 has been raised by the event for Novita.Meet-the-crews-button

The 2014 West End Mighty River Run will be held between 16-21 November, travelling between Renmark and Murray Bridge in South Australia. Crews will need to arrive Sunday 16 November for departure the following morning. Cars and trailers can be left by crews at Murray Bridge, and Novita will arrange a bus service to return these people to Renmark.

Over the week-long event crews can expect to see some truly amazing parts of the River Murray, with your accommodation, meals and activities provided, as well as plenty of time to ski, fish or simply cruise along the river. The Mighty River Run event is your reward for raising much-needed funds for Novita.

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 (Channel 7) and Jason ‘Snowy’ Carter (Mix 102.3).

Event details

Date: 16-21 November 2014

Location: Renmark to Murray Bridge

Boat entry fee: Each boat is required to pay a non-refundable entry fee of $1,500 (GST incl.) and raise a minimum of $6,000 in fundraising before the event commences. The fee is based on a maximum of four persons per boat and covers crews meals, entertainment and campsite accommodation along the route. Additional crew members will be charged a fee of $500 inclusive of GST. Please note that participants are required to have their own boat.

Registration pack: To download a registration pack click here

Fundraising page: To create a team fundraising page on Everyday Hero click here

Fundraising agreement: To download a fundraising agreement click here

To find out more call 08 8243 8233, email events@novita.org.au or Like us on Facebook.


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2013 West End Mighty River Run

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