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Congo Canoe Challenge 2015

Support a team of Australian volunteers, including two Rotarians and two doctors, who are making a 600 km river journey in August 2015. The team is focused on providing medical training to a remote community of 6000 people, accessible only by canoe.

We will navigate three mighty rivers in a motorized dugout canoe to work side by side with Congolese community leaders on projects we’ve helped build since

Training will include:

  • Neonatal emergency care
  • Ebola prevention
  • Family planning
  • Trauma management


Cheer on Maureen Burdynski, Chris Coombes, Lucy Hobgood-Brown, Dr Grace Maano and Dr Vera Sistenich! Follow our adventures on and facebook.


Donate any amount to benefit grassroots medical care in remote Equateur Province communities. 100% goes to charitable, non-profit projects.

Investing in women’s empowerment in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

HandUp Congo does not accept donations directly. Instead, Global Ministries and RAWCS (see below) support HandUp Congo by accepting donations.

Please donate online to Rotary Australia World Community Service -

Designate to “Congo Canoe Challenge - Project 20 2013-14”. Donations are tax deductible.

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