The people involved are what makes Ski for Life such a fabulous event. Here are just a few of them
TEAM PROFILE – BAROSSA GANGSTA’S
Barossa Gangsta’s team is made up of friends and family who love the river. After seeing the Ski for Life crew arrive in Waikerie for lunch last year, we decided to jump on board this year. What a better way to see the Murray and raise awareness and funds towards Men’s Mental Health.
Our team is made up of five skiers – Richard, Nick, Michael, Belinda and Rebecca. Boat drivers – Lyndon, Monica and Rhett. Road crew – Ian, Juanita, Garry and Lyn. Plus we have five little skiers in the making – Corban, Ryan, Phoebe, Frankie and Daisy.
TEAM PROFILE – GREGGIES GROUPIES
Led by Farrell Flat farmers Greg and Jane Kellock, Greggies Groupies continue in their tradition of work hard, play hard.
Their family of skiers, with Sam, Matt, Ellie and Annie, know the river well having spent every summer exploring its delights for many years. As the family has extended, so has the team, with Sam’s Emma, her sister Nicole and partner Aish joining the crew. In 2017 we have Connor Lamond coming along for the trip and use his expertise as an auctioneer on the Saturday Night in Cobdogla for the dinner and auction. Novice skiers have joined the gang over the years and learnt the skills to enjoy the river and their own achievements.
The Kellocks are joined by Pat and Lol Hill as road crew, family friends from way back, who like nothing better than spending time with this mad mob.
The Kellocks and Hills, like so many rural families, have been touched by lives lost too soon, anguish felt by too many, guilt laden souls that will never get answers. Suicide affects a whirlpool of family, friends and extended community, especially in the country.
The Menswatch program, training ordinary men, living amongst ordinary communities, to recognise and support those who may be struggling in their midst, is something Greggies Groupies support wholeheartedly. Raising the awareness of the deep challenges faced by many men in their effort to live up to their own and other’s expectations, is close to the heart of this team. We need to talk about it, we need to face the challenge that exists in every town, every street, in every family, everywhere.
Ski for Life offers the opportunity to not only spend time having fun with family and friends, but, most importantly, to talk about and acknowledge the challenges faced by many, and raise funds for Menswatch programs to continue in our State. Greggies Groupies are proud supporters of Ski for Life.
TEAM PROFILE – WATT’S UP
From – Mt Gambier (Watt’s), Mildura (Paddy Sherry) and Pam & David Snook our fabulous Roadies from Beachport.
Why Ski for Life? –
Who wouldn’t want to water ski 450kms for a great cause, a cause that is very close to our hearts after losing a much loved Brother, Brother-in-law and Uncle to suicide. We do this event as a family as we all love to ski and it’s a great way to spend quality time as a family and with a fun loving bunch of likeminded people. It’s also a great way to see the river and support the local communities along the way, raising awareness for male mental health, wellbeing and suicide prevention.
And the hairdo?
The lengths one goes to in promoting the event and all in the name of charity (Watty).