Kokoda Challenge – Team Remember Them
I was a part of Team, “Remember Them” with some other amazing friends Tammy Richie, Louise Aldridge and Puneet Sharma for this years 2018 Kokoda Challenge on the Gold Coast.
This Trek mimics the real Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea where our Aussie diggers, mostly young & untrained used bravery & courage to battle not only the intense terrain, the weather but also exercised sacrifice as they had to fight off Japanese soldiers as part of the Japanese invasion during World War II.
Although there are many differences between the real Trek & the one here on the Gold Coast that winds itself through the picturesque Gold Coast Hinterland, they both require the following attributes to complete, Courage, Endurance, Mateship and Sacrifice.
The Kokoda Challenge is hailed as the toughest Team endurance event in Australia.
It is held over the weekend of the 14th & 15th July and is a 48kms or a 96kms trek & must be completed by teams of 4 participants within the time frame of 39 hours, whereas the Kokoda Trail in PNG cannot be carried out in that time frame, due to the severity of it. The Challenge absolutely pushes you beyond all at a place you learn so much about yourself.
The Kokoda Challenge allows the opportunity to really make a difference with our future generation of leaders by raising funds to allow disadvantaged youth the opportunity to participate in a program. The Program gives them the opportunity to carry out the real Trail in Papua New Guinea, & whilst there, gives them the opportunity to help in the villages plus also 12 months of a Leadership Training, so to be part of this to help provide these tools for our future generation is priceless