Cormach Evans and Zeb Walsh will be paddling the Wadawurrung coastline from Aireys Inlet into Geelong then Werribee river mouth and continuing on to St Kilda beach to finish this amazing journey. This long and pain enduring adventure is over 170km’s in total. Majority of the paddle will be in the most southern open ocean’s of Victoria which are known to be some of the coldest and dangerous waters of our Australia’s coastlines.
Both Cormach and Zeb are doing this paddle to continue their journey after Paddling across the Torres Strait late last year. This paddle is extremely close to Cormach’s heart, Cormach is a proud Aboriginal Yorta Yorta man, that has a vision and passion to create culturally safe and appropriate spaces for Aboriginal Young people, improve Aboriginal Health and wellbeing and to achieve only the greatest outcomes for Aboriginal Young people.
In 2009 the United Nations reissued a report titled “State of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples” that verified Indigenous Australians have the largest life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of any Indigenous population in the world. The report states, Indigenous peoples in Australia are dying on average 20 years earlier than non-Indigenous people. In addition to health issues there are also alarming statistics relating to poverty, education, employment, incarceration, human rights and the environment. Cormach recognises that these issues are all too prevalent and he provides tangible strategies for Aboriginal people to aspire for better.
So money raised will go towards Strong Brother Strong Sister to help improve the health and Wellbeing of Aboriginal People. And Cormach’s best mate Zeb will be paddling beside him every stroke of the paddle, to help support Cormach and the Aboriginal People across Australia.