SCOTT Collins and Ben Barry have begun their mammoth journey down the Murray.
The two skiers, along with their SKI4CF support crew, set off on February 23 to become the first people to water ski the full navigable length of the river — all for the fight against cystic fibrosis (CF).
The team will take 15 days to complete the 2438km journey, skiing an average 160km a day.
“We’re excited to be using the SKI4CF challenge as an opportunity to raise funds to help support families living with CF,” Scott said.
“Everyone in the team has in some way been affected by CF, either directly or by having a connection with families who are affected.
“We all want to see this disease beaten,’’ he said.
Fellow skier Ben said the depth of the water meant the first two legs of the journey (Jingella to Indi Junction and Hume Dam wall to Jingella) would be upstream.
On day three the SKI4CF team will start from the Hume Dam wall and begin skiing downstream.
“Some sections we are skiing will be pretty challenging, with water levels only shin deep,” Ben said.
“We will be skiing past towns all along the Murray, and we really look forward to people coming out and giving us a wave as we ski past.
“We’re also asking people to please take a look at our Facebook page – ski4cfevent – and our website to follow our journey and donate if they can.”
The SKI4CF challenge finishes at Goolwa, at the mouth of the Murray River on Friday, March 9.
The team are striving to raise $70,000 for the CF community, and had raised $43,000 as of February 15.
To donate visit ski4cf.com.au