Much of Queensland has still not seen a decent wet season, with many areas of the state moving into a third year of lower than average rainfall. However at Bush Heritage's Ethabuka Reserve in the state’s far west this is certainly not the case – in March the property received nearly its total average annual rainfall.
The above average rainfall left Ethabuka's reserve managers Matt and Amanda Warr cut off from the property for nearly two weeks recently while they were away on a ration run, stocking up for the imminent wet season.
Being stranded from the reserve didn’t seem to dampen their spirits though. In fact, after hearing about the annual Emerald Mud Run in central Queensland, the couple decided this might be a great opportunity for some Bush Heritage public relations, and went to work to pull together a team of ten of our Queensland bushies for a wet and wild experience like no other.
Thanks to our Northern Community Engagement Officer Leanne Hales, the team were quickly decked out with some very new and very white Bush Heritage t-shirts, along with as much pink as the team could muster up to support their cancer charity – perfect for a day in the mud!
As you can imagine, the white t-shirts didn’t stay white for too long as our Bush Heritage team hit the first obstacle head on. Five kilometres of muddy obstacles, including the much anticipated semi-trailer loaded ice bath, kept our participants on their toes as they slipped, waded and crawled through the muddy adventure trail, all in the name of charity.
The team included Matt and Amanda, Alison Wilson from Carnarvon Station Reserve, Emma Burgess who was recently awarded a PhD for her work on Carnarvon, along with local Bush Heritage supporters Donna Oliver, Bruce McWhiter and Carl Chapman.
The Mud Run attracted over 1,500 runners, 300 of the participants were children aged between five and twelve, including our very own Carnarvon Station Reserve’s Jess, Katie and Charlotte Wilson also flying the flag for Bush Heritage Australia and getting grubby for charity. The girls enjoyed the mud run so much they did the one kilometre run twice.
The organisers of the event raised over $20,000 in support of several cancer groups.
Well done Bushies!