Coast in spotlight

THE SE and its unique coastline will be showcased in a documentary that supports children's charity Variety.

Troy Gray's company VOX Ventures has collaborated in the production of three one-hour documentaries that will be broadcast locally and internationally - one of which was filmed around Robe, Mt Benson and Kingston during the last week of October.

The 12 participants - which included former local Stephanie Ratcliff - have been fundraising all year for Variety's Freedom Program.

The program enables children with physical disabilities to participate in daily activities by providing wheelchairs, custom tricycles, walking and standing frames, leg splints and wheelchair lifters to help children gain mobility and freedom.

Stephanie has participated in the trek for three years and has completed her fundraising efforts around Kingston.

"Friends of mine had participated in previous documentaries with Troy Gray; at the time Variety were looking for more people to take up the fundraising challenge, so that's how I became involved," she said.

"The Kingston community have always been really supportive and helped me raise the amount needed."

In the adventure's fifth year, participants followed an exciting itinerary around the Limestone Coast, which included kayaking on the Coorong, lunch and wine tasting at Cape Jaffa, learning to surf at Robe, adventure caving at Naracoorte, high rope challenges at Noorla Yo Long , snorkelling in Ewens Ponds along with several hikes through some of SA's most stunning scenery.

The activities were surprises for the participants who found out what they were doing along the way.

Mr Gray said words used to describe the adventure included "life changing and unforgettable".

"Every year we strive to ensure the adventure is even better than the last, so our creative logistics team has hit the ground running to ensure we deliver on our commitment of fun, adventure and unforgettable experiences," he said.

Travelling with an award-winning camera crew, which includes three camera men and photographer, all the action and adventure was captured.

"The documentary focus is on the story of the adventure itself and the wonderful experiences the participants take part in along the way," Mr Gray said.

"We aim to showcase the best of each region with more of focus on experiences than a postcards type of coverage.

"We aim to film experiences that are visually exciting, activity based, something out of the ordinary or a different way to experience a regular attraction."

The adventure included visiting some of SA's most beautiful places and taking part in some very special activities focusing on the Limestone Coast and finishing in Mount Gambier.

Participants enjoyed a talk by winemakers and light lunch at Cape Jaffa Wines, followed by surfing at Long Beach with Derek and Anna Hooper.

The afternoon was spent hiking through the dunes to Tarooki Campsite, and later a dinner was provided by Kingston locals Robert and Margaret Ratcliff with help from local Lions Club and Uniting Church.

Last year $253,000 was raised for Variety and this year the goal is to raise $250,000 for Variety's Freedom Program. On the way through Kingston, the local Lions gave a cheque for the program.

Anyone wishing to support the program can contact Variety in Adelaide on 8293 8744 or donate through

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Camera man Rob Henschke films the trekkers; Leigh Gartner,  Sarah McAvenna, Wayne Owen, Deborah Miller,  Pamela Lockyer Scrutton, Sally Coligan, Stephanie Ratcliffe, Ben Hodge, Mark Taplin, Christina Herreen and Donna Murphy (front).

Camera man Rob Henschke films the trekkers; Leigh Gartner, Sarah McAvenna, Wayne Owen, Deborah Miller, Pamela Lockyer Scrutton, Sally Coligan, Stephanie Ratcliffe, Ben Hodge, Mark Taplin, Christina Herreen and Donna Murphy (front).

Trekkers Leigh Gartner, Sarah McAvenna, Wayne Owen, Deborah Miller, Pamela Lockyer Scrutton, Sally Coligan, Stephanie Ratcliff, Ben Hodge, Mark Taplin, Christina Herreen and Donna Murphy (front) enjoy Long Beach, Robe.

Trekkers Leigh Gartner, Sarah McAvenna, Wayne Owen, Deborah Miller, Pamela Lockyer Scrutton, Sally Coligan, Stephanie Ratcliff, Ben Hodge, Mark Taplin, Christina Herreen and Donna Murphy (front) enjoy Long Beach, Robe.

The Vox Ventures / Variety Project team production mamnager Lisa Browne, director Ron Barton and executive producer Troy Gray with Derek Hooper (second from left) from Cape Jaffa Wines.

The Vox Ventures / Variety Project team production mamnager Lisa Browne, director Ron Barton and executive producer Troy Gray with Derek Hooper (second from left) from Cape Jaffa Wines.

Kingston Lion's Club presented a cheque to the cause.

Kingston Lion's Club presented a cheque to the cause.