Archive for November, 2008

Alice Springs Yippee, We’ve Made IT.

November 26, 2008
Yippee, We’ve made it to Alice Springs.
Well what an adventure so far.
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Hi everyone, we are so excited to finally being in Alice Springs and the end of the first half of the expedition so far. The last few weeks of the expedition was awsome to say the least. Everyone we came across was brilliant and so excited to see the string of camels.
 
All of the camels are fine and certainly deserve a well earned rest. Come to think of it, so do we. The extreme heat we have experienced and the environental conditions were very trying and somehow we got through it.
 
Good friends of ours from Darwin (Sally and Kerrie) came for the last week of the trek and we all got caught in a huge storm which completely flooded us out and held us up for four days to wait for the gear and the camels to dry out.
Flooded In
Coming into Alice was brilliant with the media involvement and friends greeting us as we walked through the town.
 
We very nearly got bogged in the Todd River as we went through the Gap. Imagine trying to unbog a camel. Not a pleasant thought.
Walking through the ap, Alice Springs
Now the camels are in a huge paddock which is green and full of feed for them. They will be able to get fat and well rested over the next 4 months in preparation for the next years trek to Melbourne.
 
Ros is still suffering with very sore feet and will get them x-rayed for the possibility of fractures in her feet. She will go to Darwin for a week or so whilst I will be working here in Alice.
 
Already, there are exciting developments for next years trek and we will keep you all informed as developments occurr.
 
We would like to thank all of the folk who assisted us over the trek so far and to the sponsors and supporters who have been fantastic. Especially, Phil Gee from Rural Solutions in South Australia for his continued belief in us and his assistance right throughout the expedition so far.
 
We cannot wait for next years trek through the towns and cities in regional N.T., S.A. and Vic and of course Melbourne.
 
Melbournes major event date is the 22/11/09 for the walk along Swanston Street and everyone is invited to walk with us to the Children’s Hospital as a show of thanks to Moira Kelly and the Children First Foundation. Put the date in your calendar and if you can make it to Melbourne and join us, it will be a fantastic day for all.
 
Best wishes and please think about the work the Children First Foundation do, get to any Bendigo Bank and make a donation into the charity account they have set up for the CFF in the name of "Children First Camel Trek". Every bit counts and will add to the life changing and life saving work the foundation do for children.
 
Russell Osborne and Ros Consoli
 
 

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Alice Springs Bound

November 1, 2008
 
 
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Hi Everyone,
Ros and Russ here at the M’Bunghara Outstation along the Gary Junction Rd towards Alice Springs. Thanks to the hospitality of Steve, Donna, Sammy, Ron and many others at both Papunya and M’Bunghara Outstation, the extreme heat and flies along the road have not been such an issue. The Police and others at Kintore and Mt Liebig were outstanding in their help and all of those at Kirrukurra and Kunawarritji we’ll never forget.
 
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We are so close now to Alice Springs. 192kms to go. To us now, that is nothing compared to the distance we have already covered. We should be there in a little under three weeks time and extend an invitation to all in Alice Springs to join us as we walk down the Todd River and through the Gap. We will be informing the media of the date and time  when the camel train will be in Alice Springs.
 
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As this will be the last chance Ros and I will have to get to a computer before entering Alice Springs, we would like to thank all of the extraordinary people we have met along the journey so far for their kindness and support in so many ways. There have been so many remarkable experiences during the journey such as meeting one of the original Pintubi 9. An original bushman who hadn’t see a white man until he was about 16 years old.
He was fascinating to talk with and we sat for hours chatting about this and that, about country and travelling through country. The kindness and generosity of the Aboriginal people and the staff of various Government departments in the desert communities was remarkable. Many other people along the way will always remain in our hearts for their support and acts of kindness. A cold drink on a hot day to a couple of hot and bothered cameleers was offered by so many and this simple act was priceless. Thank you to all along the way who have made the journey so far an incredible experience.
 
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Of course, our thoughts were constantly with Moira Kelly and the Children First Foundation for their work changing the lives of children. Please don’t hesitate to make a donation for them to continue their lifesaving work. All Bendigo Bank branches anywhere in Australia  are involved with this expedition and donations can be made into the "Children First Camel Trek" account. This is a charity account set up by the Bendigo Bank specifically for the Children First Foundation. All donations large or small made a difference and help the expedition to reach it’s $100,000 target by the 22nd of November 2009. Please help to make a difference.
 
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Next year will be a very different experience to this years trekking. As we travel through the towns and cities and eventually Melbourne City itself, everyone along the way is invited to show their thanks to Moira Kelly and the Children First Foundation by walking with us through the towns and cities. Lets go for your towns record of people all walking at the same time through the town with the camel expedition. Let’s show the world we care for the kids. Let’s show Moira our genuine thanks and just how we care for what the Children First Foundation do.
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Thanks for everyone’s help and assistance and to all Alice Springs residents, we very much look forward to seeing you all in a couple of weeks.
 
All our love
 
Russ and Ros
 
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The Darwin To Melbourne Thank You Camel Expedition 2008-2009
is acting on behalf of the Children First Foundation
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and is
 
Proudly Supported / Sponsored By:
 
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Special Thanks:
 
  tvic_logo_02         oc7_9_3_4c__1          img_logo          Katherine & District Show Society Inc