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Children First Foundation Ambassador

December 18, 2009

Children First Foundation Ambassador

Posted at 06:12 PM on December 17, 2009

Following the successful completion of the Darwin to Melbourne Thank You Camel Expedition to say thanks to Moira Kelly and the Children First Foundation, Russell Osborne and his fiancee, Ros Consoli had no hesitations in accepting the position of being the Children First Foundations first Ambassadors.

"It was an enormous honour to get to know Moira Kelly and all those attached to the Children First Foundation. The work they do in changing and saving children’s lives is an outstanding tribute to the human spirit. We are proud to know them all and proud to accept the role of Ambassador for the Children First Foundation."

(Russell Osborne)

Children First Foundation Ambassador

Darwin to Melbourne Thank You Camel Expedition 2008-2009




N.T. News, Darwin Wet Season, changes to Expedition Plans

March 15, 2008
NT News Wet Season N.T. News 15/3/08
It saddens me greatly to have to inform you of the decision to cancel the Darwin and Palmerston legs of the Darwin to Melbourne Thank You Camel Expedition 2008-2009.
As we all know, this years wet season has been quite extrodinarily heavy compared to other wets owing to the effects of la nina.
Camels, with their padded feet are extremely suseptable to wet soils and the bacteria such soils carry such as meliodosis which would be a real risk to the camels at this stage in such a region.
We decided, for the camels safety and wellbeing, not to take them into the Darwin /Palmerston region purely for this reason.
Instead, the launch for the expedition will be at the Katherine showgrounds on the 1st of April, 2008.
Katherine at this stage, is not nearly as wet as the Darwin and Palmerston regions and the risk to the camels health is much lower there.
Here, the camels will be on display with their decorations on and sponsorship blankets at a function organised by the Katherine City Council at 11.00am
Once again, we are so upset about having to make this decision but in the true spirit of what the expedition is all about, awareness and fundraising for the Children First Foundation, the expeditions plans of desert crossings, getting residents of towns and cities enroute to and including Melbourne to show appreciation and support for the Children First Foundation are still going ahead.
Thanking you ever so much for your continued support and efforts to making the expedition a success and ultimately, assisting in creating awareness of the work Moira Kelly and the Children First Foundation do in saving children’s lives.
Yours sincerely,

Russell Osborne

The Darwin To Melbourne Thank You Camel Expedition 2008-2009
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Camel Expedition Details

February 26, 2007
Please open Photos titled "details of expedition" for route of expedition and the intentions of expedition.

Darwin to Melbourne Thank you Camel Expedition 2008-2009

February 26, 2007
The Darwin to Melbourne Thank you Camel Expedition 2008-2009 will leave Parliament House in Darwin and travel over 6000 kilometers through some of the harshest desert regions in the world enroute to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne to say thank you to Moira Kelly and her teams of volunteers attached to the Children First Foundation based in Kilmore in Victoria, Australia.
 The whole concept of the expedition will be to see who would like to walk with the expedition through the towns and cities along the journey as a show of thanks to Moira and the Children First Foundation.
The expedition will walk through Melbourne city to the Royal Children’s Hospital and then to Kilmore for the children to see and meet the camels.
It is hoped along the route of the expedition to raise funds to assist the Children First Foundation and it’s life saving work.