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Journeys : MNJ Aug Sep 2011
Red eyes on the Yellow Boat Road Chris Viney As RACT Journeys magazine went to press, Tasmanian ecotourism pioneer Robert Pennicott (www.pennicottjourneys.com.au), his operations manager Mick Souter and cinematographer Zorro Gamarnik were travelling somewhere along the Western Australian coastline in two 5.4 metre rigid inflatable dinghies. Their bold voyage around Australia began in Sydney on 1 June. They reached Darwin a month later and they hope to arrive in Hobart during August, then continue to complete the circumnavigation in Sydney. Working with Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the aim of the Yellow Boat Road journey is to raise funds to help eradicate the crippling disease of poliomyelitis (infantile paralysis) from the world, once and for all. Australia’s most recent polio epidemic was in the late 1950s and the disease is now widespread in only four countries – India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. “A $10 donation vaccinates 17 children against polio – together, we can end polio now,” Rob Pennicott says. Journeys editor Chris Viney and Tasmanian farmer and tourism operator Tim Parsons (www.curringafarm.com.au) joined the Yellow Boat Road voyage in Darwin then travelled along the Kimberley Coast to Broome. You can track the real-time progress of the boats, see the video blogs and donate to a very worthy cause at www.followtheyellowboatroad.com Out of Tasmania today 46 August / September 2011
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