Archive for October, 2009

Camel Trekking From Shepparton To Yea, Victoria

October 23, 2009
 
Hi Everyone,
 
Well, what a journey as we have left Shepparton and reached the Great Dividing Range. We’ve met so many great people along the way and even caught up with old friends from twenty years ago.
 
The journey has been a tough one as we climbed the mountains and walked along some pretty narrow roads, complete with trucks and cars. Fortunately, there has been some terrific people along the way who have offered us places to stay in their paddocks and even offered us fantastic meals which was so greatly appreciated. (Rice every day for every meal is O.K. for a while but it does wear very thin after 16 months of trekking across the continent). Talking of thin, I am now back to the same weight I was when I was sixteen. Camel trekking is a fantastic weight loss programme.
 
The scenery has been simply stunning and an area which I hold dear to my heart is the region around Ruffy in the montains of Victoria.
 
Twenty years ago, I taught there and this trip has allowed me to catch up with the Hagans whom I taught with all those years ago.
 
Ros’s parents came and joined us for a few days. They were of immense help and it was so good to see them again.
 
All of the camels are well and currently are resting at the Yea Racecourse for a couple of days. They too need time to themselves. Thank you to the Yea Racing Committee for allowing us to stay at the racecourse.
The nights are cold and every morning, there is dew on all of our gear, the camels and our swags. By 10.00am the camels and our gear has dried out enough for loading .
 
We were privilaged enough to join the Yea Rotary meeting where I had the opportunity to speak about the expedition, it’s intentions and the Children First Foundation. A terrific bunch of people who firmly supports the Children First Foundation and it’s activities.
 
The next part of the journey to Healesville will take us through some of the country that was burnt during Black Saturday last summer. We hope to bring some joy to the people of this region with the camels and their loving nature.
 
Also, our search for a truck to take the camels over to Streaky Bay in South Australia has started for when we finish the expedition at the Children First Foundation’s Farm towards the end of November. If anyone knows of a truck that may be available and suitable for eight camels at the end of November, we would love to hear from you at: dundeecamels@hotmail.com
 
The day of reaching Frankston, 16/11/09, is closing in on us and of course there is the Sunday, the 22/11/09 when we ask everyone who can make it into Melbourne to walk with the camel train down Swanston Street to Royal Park next to the Royal Children’s Hospital as a show of thanks to Moira Kelly for her lifetime of helping children in need.
 
Thank you to all who have helped us along this part of the expedition so far. Your help has been invaluable and the expedition is still progressing, largely due to everyones help.
 
Take care and keep the donations to the Children First Foundation coming. Big or small, it all adds up and helps to save a life.
Donations can be made at any Bendigo Bank or on-line at:
 
 
All the very best
Russell Osborne and Ros Consoli
 
P.S. I have added a link to some footage of the expedition when we first started, over 16 months ago. Of course the journey of getting this whole expedition has taken a lot longer than that and details of the whole journey can be found in the archives of this website.
Click on the link below to experience the beginnings of the expedition in the Top End of Australia just after our departure date of the 10/4/08
 
 

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Children First Foundation Children Visit the Camel Expedition In Shepparton

October 13, 2009
 
Hi Everyone,
Just a quick note. Some of the children from the foundations farm at Kilmore made the journey to Shepparton where they met with the children from Shepparton East Primary School and also met the expedition camels.
 
The kids at the Shepparton East Primary School were very interested in the whole expedition project and we’d like to thank them for being a part of the expedition and assisting the Children First Foundation.
 
Take care and our next stop-over will be at Yea.
All the best
Russ and Ros

Echuca to Shepparton

October 12, 2009
 
Hi Everyone,
 
We finally got into Echuca where we met the kids from the local school, representatives from the Council and many fantastic people. Echuca itself is a beautiful town and the warmth of the people was enourmous.
 
We had some terrific times with those we met and our sincere thanks to all who were involved with the expedition during our time there.
 
Inparticularly, we must thank Councillor Kevin Simpson for coming to see the camels and welcome us to Echuca from the Echuca City Council, Carmel Edwards from St Mary’s for organising the school kids to meet with us and the camels, Fred Bridgewater for allowing us to stay at his place, Janice McGill and Andrew Marr for their kind hospitality and a host of other people who assisted us and the camels in so many different ways.
 
 
We left Echuca and arrived at Shepparton and camped on the Mooroopna side of the bridge from Shepparton. Then came the big moment when we crossed the bridge. With much needed assistance from the Shepparton Police we crossed safely. Thanks ever so much Shepparton Police. Then it was time to meet the Mayor of Shepparton, Mr Geoff Dobson who gave a  hearty welcome to us on behalf of the people of Shepparton. Media was everywhere and the word of Moira Kelly’s work and the Children First Foundation was published.
Others to thank are:
Jaye, Violet, Louis, Kathy, Ian, Jenny, Robbo, Denise, Alan, Steve, Charlotte, Greg, Dorelle and so many others it was almost overwhelming the kindness and generosity of the people we encountered.
 
As we stopped along the Main Highway along Shepparton, many people stopped, took photos and offered donations to the Children First Foundation helping us to reach our target of $100,000. Thanks ever so much to those who donated. Every bit counts and with everyones help, well reach the target and hopefully beyond.
 
Shepparton for me is like coming home as the Osborne Family started there, opening up the land for farming just north of Shepparton. I managed to catch up with some of my relations whom I hadn’t seen for a very long time.
 
Today, 13th Oct, 2009 we take the camels to the Shepparton East Primary School and some of the kids from the Children First Foundation Farm based at Kilmore, Victoria will join us, the kids from Shepparton East Primary School and the camels. It should be a terrific day and I shall keep you all posted as to how that event went before we leave Shepparton and head towards Yea, our next stop.
 
Take care and please…..keep those donations coming in. We will reach the $100,000 target with everyones help.
 
You can donate by clicking on the donations link at the top of this webpage, by going to any Bendigo Bank and donating in the charity account titled Children First Camel Trek or by going directly to the Children First Foundation website at: www.childrenfirstfoundation.com where there is a donation page link that is related to the expedition.
 
Take care.
 
Russell Osborne and Ros Consoli
 

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Trek Update

October 3, 2009
Trek Update:
 
Rain has held us back towards Echuca.
 
Revised ETA at Echuca
 
Wednesday
October 7. 2009
12.00noon
 
(All being well)
 
Cheers
Russ and Ros

Swan Hill towards Echuca

October 1, 2009
 
Hi Everyone,
 
With much thanks to Father Peter of Swan Hill and the other generous and kind folk we encountered, our time at Swan Hill was a huge success for the Children First Foundation.
We have encountered some very challenging weather since then and of course rain stops us in our tracks. For three days we huddled in our tent to escape the force of chilling winds and thumping rain. With lightening crashing all around us, there was nothing else to do but hope it would end soon. Sure enough it did and we were on our way again. Much thanks to Alan and his daughter Rebecca who helped us and the camels through this very trying period.
Locals of the area, George and his family have been of awsome assistance and have walked with us on a number of days in our journey towards Echuca.
 
The kind folk at Macorna kindly offered their football clubrooms to stay in and the camels have been successfully removing the weeds and cutting the grass around their oval. This rest came at just the right time as exhaustion was starting to overtake us and our energy reserves. Thanks ever so much guys.
 
Now feels like the final 20 meters of the 800 meter dash. With a little over a month to go before we reach Melbourne we both can honestly say we appreciate all of the help we can get. I don’t think I have ever felt so tired and exhausted in my life and the final part of this epic journey is going to be tough. With everyones help, we will get there and together we will show our sincere thanks to Moira Kelly and the Children First Foundation for saving kids lives. It is one thing to say thank you but to show it takes effort from the heart. Lets get our hearts together and collectively show Moira just how much we appreciate her lifetime of extraordinary committment to changing and saving children’s lives.
 
We are expecting to arrive in Echuca on the 6th of October 2009 at 12.00 noon. This of course depends if it rains or not. In many ways for the locals who have endured a tradgic drought for so long I hope the rains eventually come and ease their suffering they have had to struggle through. They have shown to be an amazing group of people and even though times are tough for them in so many ways, their kindness and the genuine country hospitality is exceptional.
 
As one of the struggling farmers explained to me "it’s just who we are……Australians".
 
How true…
 
Take care and see you soon.
All our love
 
Russell Osborne and Ros Consoli
 
 

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and is
 
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