The Kokoda Challenge is Australias premier bushwalking team event where teams of 4 people trek a 96km course through the Gold Coast Hinterland within a 39 hour time limit. The event is held on the 3rd week of July every year with registrations open on Feb 1.
The Kokoda Challenge is designed to reflect the key elements of the Spirit of Kokoda with 96km representing the actual distance of the Kokoda track and the 39 hours symbolising the 39th Militia who were the first of our Australian troops to arrive at Kokoda on 15th July 1942.
And I still can't believe I said yes to my bro's request to do it with him, insanity!!!
The four person teams are required to advance through15 checkpoints to the finish line. At designated checkpoints teams are able to take a break and regroup with the help of their support crew. The route incorpates 5000 metres of ascents and 5000m of decents throughout the course. There is no doubt that those who take up the Kokoda Challenge will need to call on the spirit of ANZAC that was born in Gallipoli and held fast in Kokoda -ENDURANCE , SACRIFICE, COURAGE AND MATESHIP.
Funds raised from this event finance the cost of the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program, which includes training and bush camps and the associated costs of travel to Papua New Guinea to walk the Kokoda Track. The Kokoda Challenge Youth Program (KCYP) is an experiential learning program offereing young people the opportunity to realise their full potential and gain a brighter future for themselves and their families. Since its inception five years ago, the KCYP has made a difference in the lives of 115 young people and in 2010 will be expanding to take on 52 young people between the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Tweed Branches. The length of the program (14 months) combined with the strong physical component and use of the Spirit of Kokoda is proving to be a winning formula. The fundamental philosophy of the program is about structure, discipline and boundaries, what is referred to as old fashioned values.
If you would like to find out more, or make a donation please follow this link www.kokodachallenge.com . Our teams name is Wewannachecken No. 28. Donations are fully tax deductible.
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