Harry Vidal's horse-drawn van raises funds for Royal Flying Doctor Service

Harry Vidal is travelling around the South East with his horse-drawn van to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

He arrived in Naracoorte on Friday as part of his 900km, two month long journey.

In each town he passes through, he stops to collect donations while he gives his Clydesdale horses George and Henry a few well deserved carrots and a rest.

His very friendly dog Akiesha is also by his side the whole way.

The group have been the focus of much attention from passers-by on our local roads in the past few weeks.

Harry started in Murray Bridge and travelled through Tailem Bend, Meningie and Salt Creek on his way to Kingston, Robe, Beachport and Penola.

“I am trekking from Murray Bridge all the way to Beachport, that is our destination and from there we will head back home,” he said. “This trip is 900km and will take two months.

“The RFDS is a great charity, I have seen the wonderful work they do. I work on a farm in the Flinders Ranges and I realise how important they are.

“I like being on the road, you just take it slowly and you meet a lot of nice people on the way. The trucks, especially, are fantastic. On this trip people help you all the time.

“It is amazing really, it is a great way to see the country, you get to view things differently.

“I am only going 5km an hour with plenty of breaks.”

​​Last year Harry took on a four month journey from Murray Bridge to Lightning Ridge to raise funds for Craniofacial Australia.

Harry said: ”Our next trip will be next March and we are starting from Melbourne. We are doing Burke and Wills track which is around 3000km and will take between eight to nine months.”

Harry accepts cash on the road otherwise donations to the RFDS can be directed to the Bank SA fund. 

Account name: – Fundraising

BSB – 105-012

Account number – 125218440

When donating, please note ‘Harry and the horses’.

The story Harry’s horses make it to Naracoorte first appeared on Naracoorte Herald.

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