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SA Man Kayaks Entire River Murray for Good Cause

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Joshua West has kayaked along the entire mighty Murray River to reduce the stigma of mental health challenges and raise funds for the Black Dog Institute.

The Barossa-based adventure-seeker managed to traverse the length of the river in 58 days, travelling around 40km a day.

It follows his personal challenge in 2018 of hiking the 1,200km Heysen Trail which extends from Cape Jervis, on the Fleurieu Peninsula, to Parachilna Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges.

"That was just such a fantastic mentally-formative experience, and after two crazy pandemic years, I really felt like I needed to go big, so the River Murray just called to me, and I have absolutely no regrets about taking a couple of months off and experiencing this beautiful part of Australia," Joshua West said.

He says he was motivated to raise money for the Black Dog Institute as mental health has been declining during the pandemic.

"There was a study that came out that three quarters of Australia's population has worsened by the effects of COVID-19, so there's really no better time to talk about it, and throughout my journey I was posting videos and talking to locals mental health and trying to get out a message of positive mental health and break down stigmas as well," he said.

So far he has raised around $7,500 for the Black Dog Institute, but he's hoping to raise the amount to $10,000.

Follow Josh's adventures on his Facebook page, Trekking West, and donate to his fundraiser for the Black Dog Institute via this link.

Hear Josh talk about his journey with Jennie Lenman via the play window below:

Story by Jennie Lenman/ photo of Josh West, supplied Facebook