Freemasons are set to travel 887 kms. down the Murray to raise money for Prostate and

Breast cancer services.


WBro. Doug Redman of Penola Lodge and WBro. Geoff Berkin of Witton Lodge are appealing to brother

Freemasons to support them in a fundraising adventure down the mighty Murray River. 


The Murray Meander (  is a charity initiative that will see a fleet of tinnies set off from Mildura on Saturday 22nd February and finish some 887 kilometres down the river at Goolwa on Saturday 1st March.  It is not a race, but is described as a contest of wits, ingenuity and social endurance!    Most importantly, it’s about the one thing we Freemasons love to do – charity.  


The purpose of the event is to raise money for two charities that provide services to people affected by cancer.  The Otis Foundation provides free retreat accommodation for those with breast cancer at Towong, Thredbo, Bendigo, Chewton, Goolwa, Hunter Valley & Echuca.   The other charity being supported is Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia which will be using funds raised through this event to provide oncology nursing scholarships in hospitals around Australia.  So far 58 nurses have been awarded scholarships, at a cost of nearly $200,000.  The Murray Meander takes place over a different stretch of the river each year.  Since its inception in 2006, the Murray Meander has raised over $800,000 for cancer causes. 


There are 29 tinnies participating in the event representing Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, the Hunter region of NSW as well as regional Victoria.  Teams are expected to seek sponsorship and raise funds during the year, as well as during the event.    


WBro. Redman and WBro. Berkin have worked extremely hard over the past 12 months, raising over $10,000.  The photo (below) was taken at Bunnings in Mt Gambier where the team raised $650 though a sausage sizzle event. 


Brethen and lodges who wish to support this event can ring Doug Redman on 0428 595 125.



(From left to right)  Malcolm Porter, Des Hinton, Geoff Berkin, (Witton Lodge)  Graham Hinze, Doug Redman, Penola Lodge.