Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Paddle Trio's Voyage; Humpback Whale Escort a Highlight of 140km Fundraiser

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Paddle Trio's Voyage; Humpback Whale Escort a Highlight of 140km Fundraiser

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AN EPIC paddle from the top of Fraser Island to Tin Can Bay by Alan Ballard, Peter Bailey and Paul Tedman has raised more than $15,000.

The local trio hit the water at Sandy Cape on Sunday, September 29, to start the 140km journey back to the Bay to raise money for prostate cancer research.

They arrived home on Saturday afternoon, escorted by a local women's dragon boat crew who paddled with them for the last few kilometres.

A welcoming party of family and friends awaited them at the yacht club along with a representative of WIN TV recording their arrival.

The trip wasn't an easy one.

The men paddled as far as 30km a day and battled a variety of weather conditions.

Some days were dead calm, but on others, 25 knot winds coupled with rolling swells meant keeping the kayaks pointing towards home was difficult.

In the early stages of the paddle the men were accompanied by migrating humpback whales and their calves.

At night they camped on the beach, for the first three nights, before finally caught up to their support vessel, Jaguar, at Moon Pt. …

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