By Phil Newman Join Me

I'm fundraising for a great cause!

For many years I have planned to paddle the Murray River . Now I have the opportunity to paddle in the Massive Murray Paddle , a 415 km journey from Yarrawonga  to Gunbower. Eric Barnes, father of wonderful friend Richard Barnes, who will also be paddling, will very kindly be transporting my kayak to the start and then home from the finish. This will allow me to cycle from Sydney down to the start  via the Snowy Mountains, passing through Cooma. Heading home from Gunbower via Wagga Wagga and Boorowa.

Circumnavigating Tasmania with Richard in 2007 was an amazing experience, but it taught me a very important lesson. That if I do something just for myself it leaves me with an empty feeling. So when I cycled to Perth & then to Cairns I was included raising funds for others, firstly the Black Dog Institute and then RUOK? I have chosen RUOK? again because it is an organisation that i can relate to but also because it incorporates a way of life...reaching out to friends, family & the community on a daily basis to make sure they are OK.

I have decided to fundraise for R U OK? to help spread their message and help prevent suicide. 

About 8 people take their own lives in Australia every day.

For every death, it’s estimated another 30 people will attempt suicide.

89% of people report knowing somebody who has made an attempt.

I want to help change these numbers.

R U OK?’s vision is of a world where we are all connected and protected from suicide. 

Their mission is to inspire everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and support anyone struggling with life.

By inspiring people to take the time to ask, “Are you OK?” and listen, we can help people who are struggling with life to feel connected long before they even think about suicide.

Thank you so much for your support, together we will make a difference.

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Tuesday 7th Nov
This fundraiser is for my cycle down to the Murray River, my participation in the Massive Murray Paddle  & my cycle back to Sydney.

Thank you to my Sponsors


You Are Inspirational Phil


Maree Thomas

Brilliant Phil proud of you


Anupam Kumar

Keep it going


Wayne Pickels


Allan Dwyer

Good luck Phil!!!


Ed Illman

You are amazing and inspiring for everything you do to help others


Jill G

Best wishes Phil. I hope all goes well.


Lynne And Simon

Good luck and well done for participating in this challenging event.


Paul Thomas

Great mental recovery after wrestling with the bike journey to then get in your kayak and paddle these kind of distances.


North Sydney Real Estate

Way to go Phil! All the best, Bruce and team


Nicole Jackson


Kevin Wallace

Good luck, Phil




Darius Turner

Enjoy the adventure Phil!! You can do it!


Andrew Buttfield

Call in on your way home?


Hemiterio Canao


John Duffy

Phil, I'm surprised you are not towing Richard's kayak down and back as well. Good on you. jd


Nick Garrido

Fantastic initiative Phil!!! Very, very, very inspiring and moving. Great job


Paul And Susan Fredrickson

Great thing to do Phil! Enjoy and stay safe


Dana Hatley

Epic journey in front of you Phil, hope it all goes well. And hope that you exceed your fundraising goals toward this incredibly important initiative.


Danielle Whitmore

Way to go Phil. Enjoy every minute. Dxx


Alan P

Is this what you had in mind when you suggested a paddle down the Murray a couple of years back? Bon voyage!


Karen Benhar

You are such an inspiration Phil, have a wonderful trip.



Phil, what an inspiring man you are! Wishing you a safe and unforgettable journey


Anitha Gopinathan

All the best Phil!! Regards Anitha


Neece Carrigan

Good you good thing! Miss your face Phil - maybe next challenge can be a few laps up and down Mt Canobolas so I can get you out to Orange?


Sonia Marine

All the best, Phil - such a great cause!


Bernie Galletti

Good luck Phil and keep safe


Rob Plumbe

Impressive cycle and paddling goals! GO Phil !!


Dana Logiudice

Good luck!!!!


Tony / Helena

Good luck , great cause


Nick Flood

Good luck Phil!!


Mark Ransom

Good luck Phil for your journey and cause/message


Clare Manhood

So inspiring!


Claire Gunn

Thank you...here's to a journey ! X


Annette And Scott

My extraordinaire friend Phil



Go Phil xx CB


Graham Falconer


Kate Ashton

Go Phil!!




Phil Newman


Carolyn C

I’m proud of you Phil. Keep going strong and thank you for what you are doing