The 2017 Yarrawonga College P-12 Kokoda Track Team had the opportunity to meet with ClubMulwala Directors last week and chat about preparations for their September trek.
ClubMulwala is the major sponsor of the biennial trek and Chair Des O’Meara said it was great to see the team members preparing to walk the Kokoda Track, over the rugged mountains of Papua New Guinea, where in 1942 during WWII 625 Australians were killed and more than 1000 were wounded.
“It’s an incredible experience for them to have and an opportunity for them to learn more about what our soldiers experienced at Kokoda,” Mr O’Meara said.
“For them to be able to walk the track, learn the stories, and experience just some of what it was like for those soldiers is an invaluable opportunity.
“The club has been proud sponsors of the Kokoda Track leadership program since 2009 and hope to continue to be so for as long as we are able.”
The 2017 Yarrawonga College P-12 Kokoda Track Leadership Team is Hannah Keel, Elise Freeman, Jordy McCarthy, Sam Willett, Robert Wilson, Heidi Murray, Illa Crawford, Maddi Warner, Caleb Cooper and Aidan Williams with teachers Adam Dodd and Jo McCarthy.
The students had the opportunity to chat with ClubMulwala Directors Des O’Meara CSC, OAM, Brian Bouchier, John Futcher, Kerry Pendergast, John Burn and David King about their trek preparations.
“We’re doing a gym session at Priority Fitness every week which is hard work but it will all be worth it,” Sam Willett said.
“Most of us are also trying to do some of our own training and make sure we’re breaking in our boots so they are ready for the hike.”
The team is also responsible for fundraising for the trip with events planned right up until they depart in September.
“We’re working really well together as a team,” Jordy McCarthy said.
“We’re planning for our major fundraiser on June 16 which is the Kokoda Trivia Night and already have football jumpers, vouchers and other prizes to auction on the night.”
There are also opportunities for businesses or community groups to support the Kokoda Track Leadership Team with each member seeking a personal sponsor.
By sponsoring a trekker, businesses become part of the Kokoda Track Leadership Program with an opportunity to be involved in fundraising events, follow the journey of the team and, upon their return, hear from the students about their experience at a sponsors’ event.
To become a Kokoda Track Leadership Team or trekker sponsor or donate to the fundraising effort, or for more information on the program contact Jo McCarthy on [email protected]