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RFDS and Silver Chain benefit from Border Dash

The Border Village Roadhouse raised more than $8000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service central operations and Silver Chain nurses at its 30th Border Dash on Saturday.

About 10 participants braved the heat walking 13.5km on the Eyre Highway from the Eucla Hotel Motel, in WA, and across the border to finish at Border Village Roadhouse in South Australia.

Summer Liu came in first with a time of 1hr 10min., followed by Alex Schulz in 1:22 and Connie Carson in 1:30.

The final walkers finished after two hours.

After the walk, the auction raised $8317, with a bottle of 1989 Grange selling at $900.

Border Village Roadhouse chief executive and part-owner Tony McFadzean said a car rollover near Balladonia, which blocked access for some participants, had a slight effect on the numbers.

“Everyone on the road whether it was massive trucks, mums and dads or grey nomads were waving and wishing us well on the walk,” he said. “It was as if they knew what we were raising funds for.

“I couldn’t think of a more worthy cause in the outback to fund-raise for than these services.”

Eucla police and local fire and emergency services were involved on the day to keep walkers safe along the highway and a nurse from the Silver Chain Nurses group kept participants hydrated.

Mr McFadzean said there was a mix of locals and people staying overnight.

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