A group of athletes will push their endurance to the limits this week as they cycle, hike, and kayak more than 1000 kilometres in support of regional mental health and wellbeing programs.
The Tassie’s Better with Balance Challenge will begin on Monday with a kayak leg from George Town to Beauty Point.
From there, athletes will to ride to Mount Roland before running the Triple Tops Track and riding back to Wynyard, plus a slew of other gruelling legs over the seven-day period.
“The seven days are all about that same size,” said Kent Wylie, Tasmanian Mineral and Energy Council manufacturing coordinator and event organiser.
“So big days, but good scenic country.
“I’ll be a solid seven days but we’ve got 11 or 12 support crew for the seven participants so we’ll work our way through it.”
The event has been organised by the Tasmanian Mineral and Energy Council and Tasmanian Manufacturing and aims to donate $30,000 to Rural Alive and Well Tasmania.
The group had $10,000 cleared before they even picked up a paddle.
Mr Wyllie said it was going to be good to give back to those in the regions.
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“We recognise in rural communities there’s a real need for further support.”
“And we’re a member organisations, so for our members we see Rural Alive and Well as a really quality Tasmanian based charity where we can support our members by raising funds.”
It is also hoped to provide a focus for industry programs for mental health and employee wellbeing.
Information on how to support can be found at http://tasminerals.com.au/tassie’s-better-with-balance/
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