Ian Retallack’s epic horse ride to raise money for the Cancer Council

Ian Retallack travelled across the country in a horse and cart for 18 months to raise money for the Cancer Council.
Ian Retallack travelled across the country in a horse and cart for 18 months to raise money for the Cancer Council.

IAN Retallack is relaxing with family in Cooloongup after travelling across the country in a horse and cart for 18-months.

He travelled with his two horses, Matt and Paddy, and his loyal mate, kelpie cross Russ.

The awesome foursome travelled more than 6000km and raised $60,000 for the Cancer Council WA.

Cancer Council spokesman Hamish Beer said Mr Retallack averaged $10 per kilometre.

“An average of 25km per day is a staggering $250 per day raised,” he said.

Mr Retallack described his epic trip as magnificent.

“It was just brilliant, all the help I got,” he said.

“I didn’t have to pay for a single night’s accommodation.

“I hardly paid for any meals.

“The whole way I had truckies and other people filling up our water, bringing hay and carrots for the horses.

“Everyone was so generous.”

Mr Retallack said the Aussie identity was still strong in the bush.

“The people who donated and helped me were just battlers too,” he said.

But Mr Retallack admitted the journey was not easy.

He was inspired by the memory of his mum to help the thousands of people diagnosed with cancer every year in Australia.

“I didn’t want to give up,” Mr Retallack said.

He had planned on circumnavigating Australia over three years, but had to stop half way.

“I plan on writing a book now,” Mr Retallack said.

“It will be called Aussie Adventure Rattles Ride.”

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