Kayakers paddle from Sydney to Ballina
A CROWD of about 50 people in Riverside Park, Ballina, yesterday welcomed two kayakers who raised almost $10,000 for charity while paddling from Sydney to Ballina.
Sydney's Geoff Greenwood and Scott Rawstorne completed their epic 40-day trip to raise awareness for kayaking and money for the Alstonville-based Heartfelt House.
Deputy mayor Peter Moore and Ballina MP Don Page presented the men with aerial photographs of the Ballina area as a keepsake of their efforts.
Mr Greenwood said arriving at the park was fantastic.
“It's a real sense of achievement and relief,” he said.
The pair spent six months researching the trip.
“We talked to anyone we could find about the local areas we were going to,” Mr Greenwood said.
“The theme came from us both turning 40 this year and we wanted to do something to make people aware of the great places to kayak around the area.
“We talked to rural people, and they take the environment quite seriously after seeing first-hand the effects of global warming. The experience has made it all more real for us.”
Details of the pair's journey can be found at www.escapology.com.au