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					Boat built for five: Setting off from Echuca on their adventure are (from left) Sue, Sam, Tim, Leo and Poppy Knox.

Family sets off down river
   Four weeks ago Tim Knox and his 16-year-            The Sydney family left Echuca about             back even further from what already appeared
old son Sam started building their family a cat-    4.30pm Sunday on the 1000km trip which             to be a bare minimum.
canoe, a unique combination of two canoes           they estimate will take about three weeks.            Among the items not making the final cut
connected to resemble a catamaran, to sail             While the first day was only a 12km paddle,
down the Murray River.                                                                                 were a bottle of red wine and a book that Sue
                                                    the family plans to tackle about 70km to 80km      gave Tim for Christmas.
   On Monday afternoon, the pair, as well as        of paddling each day.
Tim’s wife Sue and their other two children,                                                              The family did manage to fit in a change of
Leo, 14, and Poppy, 11, set off on a trip along        Before the trip, the family had only used the
                                                                                                       clothes each, as well as a tent, food and water,
the Murray River from Echuca to Mildura.            cat-canoe once — in a test on the Lane Cove
                                                                                                       among other items.
                                                    River a week ago to make sure it floated.
   The family is doing the trip to raise money                                                            The reason for having to get rid of even
for Sunnyfield, a Sydney-based industrial firm         The family plans to camp on the river banks
                                                    at night, but does have a back-up plan to sleep    more luggage? To stop water coming over the
which provides jobs for the disabled, and
Scouts.                                             on the cat-canoe if they are not able to find      top of the canoe from boats going past.
   It is a cause close to the Knox family’s heart   anywhere to stay.                                     To donate money, or to see more on how the
— Leo has an intellectual disability and               Monday’s preparations before setting off        Knox family is going on the trip, visit
receives support from Sunnyfield.                   included scaling the small amount of luggage