Skiers bound for river relay

Smooth: Sam Kellock in action during the Ski For Life trek. Photo: Thomas Hombsch.
Smooth: Sam Kellock in action during the Ski For Life trek. Photo: Thomas Hombsch.

If you are on the Murray River any time during March long weekend, you might see many ski boats and skiers heading from Murray Bridge to Renmark.

It will be all in the name of raising and promoting awareness around mental health, well-being and suicide prevention, as well as providing grants for eligible programs which align with their mission.

Known as Ski For Life, the event - which attracts Mid North entrants - will celebrate eight years this March and organisers are calling for registrations.

The unique annual event attracts teams of skiers who participate in a three-day 450km water-ski relay from Murray Bridge to Renmark.

The event not only has an extended reach to communities along the way, but creates opportunity for conversations for participants and raises much-needed funds.

Founding members Sue Watt and Jane-Marie Kellock said everyone came together with the same goal for the event.

"Everyone shares a goal - a commitment to bringing an awareness among themselves and to rural communities of the importance of well-being, mental health and prevention of suicide," they both said.

The vibrant and energetic charity organisation was recognised for its work with a nomination at the Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation Innovation in Mental Health, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Awards last year.

As a not-for-profit organisation, it provides money for selected programs and through grants to projects aligned with the mission. Funding applications for up to $5,000 are open now.

More information on how to get involved, join the Ski For Life Relay or to apply for a grant is available from: www.skiforlife.com.au or contact the committee on: info@skiforlife.com.au Join their Facebook page - Ski For Life - to keep up to date.

Spray: Matt Kellock is a regular who takes part in Ski For Life. Photo: Thomas Hombsch.

Spray: Matt Kellock is a regular who takes part in Ski For Life. Photo: Thomas Hombsch.