Craig Hand’s PNG charity aid gig a beautiful adventure

HELPING HAND: Craig ‘Crackers’ Hands and his Little Red Boat have circumnavigated Australia and the waters beyond.
HELPING HAND: Craig ‘Crackers’ Hands and his Little Red Boat have circumnavigated Australia and the waters beyond. Contributed

A HARD day at the office for Lismore's Craig Hand often eclipses a great day at work for the rest of us.

The Little Red Boat, a 4.57m half-cabin fibreglass boat is Mr Hand's workplace, circumnavigating Australia and the waters beyond, delivering supplies to remote tribal communities.

"People just can't believe how I get around" he said.

Nicknamed "Crackers", Craig has visited several remote communities in Arnhem Land, Papua New Guinea and islands throughout the Torres Strait.

"I was the first white person some have seen in many years," he said.

"We each learn from each other, observe how the other fishes, and it's all about respect for one another."

The next adventure for Crackers is a return to Papua New Guinea, where he will deliver medical supplies to improve the lives of village children.

After first meeting with the Sibidiri tribe, Mr Hands established the non-profit organisation, Friends of PNG, to aid remote communities with minimal health supplies.

When on Australian soil, Mr Hands spends his time speaking at schools and organisations, making people consider their own lives.

Mr Hands was in Gladstone recently speaking to the Rotary Club, thanking local sponsor EHSG.

To follow the journey or to donate funds visit

Topics:  papual new guinea

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