Thu. 25 Apr: ANZAC Day
An early rise for a very special Anzac Day ceremony in honour of the soldiers who lost their lives here, as well as all the Anzacs.
Unmarked graves at Brigade Hill
The trekkers will continue through the jungles to Efogi 1, a peaceful village which marks the halfway point of the trek. From here it’s onwards to Naduri village where they will be able to rest and reflect on the ceremony this morning. It was here on this very track that so many lives were lost fighting to protect our young nation. What a moving place place to be for Anzac Day.
Team Lifeline will have a chance to rest, wash clothes, and join in some traditional celebrations later tonight. This is the village where the head guide, Andy, comes from so the Fearless Leaders will be receive a special welcome as guests of honour. No doubt a traditional ‘Sing Sing’ (celebration) will take place.
Wed. 24 Apr: Brigade Hill
Today the Lifeline Fearless Leaders will begin the long ascent up Brigade Hill, taking it slowly and surely. Brigade Hill was the scene of a major battle in September 1942 where 101 Australian soldiers lost their lives. Tomorrow morning we will rise early to commemorate their lives, and the lives of other Anzacs, in a special dawn ceremony.
Tue. 23 Apr: Menari
Today is a great day on the Kokoda Track – it’s mostly downhill! That said, it is by no means a walk in the park. The Fearless Leaders will encounter varying terrain as they make their way towards Menari village. Descending down the Maguli Range, they’ll cross swampy flatlands and the Brown River. They will have to dig deep to push themselves onwards in the rising heat as the day wears on. Nearing Menari, the Fearless Leaders will realise that what goes down, must come up! To reach Menari, they will have to take on a short but steep ascent before the final descent into the village. Menari Village is the site where the brave 39th Battalion were withdrawn from the campaign on the eve of the battle at Brigade Hill, while the remaining ‘Ragged Bloody Heroes’ struggled back to Port Moresby, exhausted and on the brink of total collapse.
Mon. 22 Apr: Naoro Village
Sun. 21 Apr: Ua Ule Creek
The challenge Begins today. This is what the team have been training for both physically and mentally for the last few months. The trek starts at the South of the Kokoda track, with an aim to reach the North end by day 9. Already the team have been able to delve into the history of the area they are walking through, with a visit to the Bomana War Cemetery en route to their first campsite. A big reminder to the team of the strength and character of our Australian veterans. Aside from the emotional connection to our soldiers, the team also experience the back-breaking ascent of Imita Ridge. The team was welcomed by a swimming hole at Ua Ule at the end of their big day. Spirits are high on day one, as the team rest their heads surrounded by rainforest trees that form a perfect frame for the star filled night sky.
Sat. 20 Apr: Fly to Port Moresby
And they’re off! Team Lifeline are enjoying a comfortable short flight from Australia to Port Moresby, an opportunity to sit, reflect and take in everything they’re about to take on! The team arrived safely at the Holiday Inn, where they can enjoy a dip in the swimming pool and some serious carb loading before the start of tomorrows big adventure.
Fri.19 Apr: One sleep to go!
It’s finally here! Brendan, Mark, Troy, Brian, Graham, Benjamin and Carolyn are making final preparations before their flight to Port Moresby tomorrow. We wish them all well on their adventure through the jungles of Papua New Guinea.
Here’s a map of campsite that they will be staying at during their trek. Be sure to follow the time live on the GPS map.
Image from www.trekkokoda.com.au
Each day 6 Australians are lost to suicide. It’s a startling figure yet at Lifeline, it is believed most suicides are preventable. So do the 7 Lifeline supporters, who are heading to Papua New Guinea (PNG) to trek the mighty Kokoda track to raise vital funds for Lifeline Australia. The Fearless Leaders Kokoda Challenge Team have successfully fundraised over $55, 000 for Lifeline Australia!
The funds raised will go directly to the lifesaving support services that Lifeline gives to Australians in crisis, the access to real time, one-on-one, online conversation. Lifeline believes that access to support and intervention in times of crisis can save lives.
Now the real challenge begins… On 20 April, the team board their plane to PNG to walk in the footsteps of Australian soldiers on the legendary Kokoda Track.
Every member on this incredible team has fundraised well beyond their original fundraising targets; they truly are fearless leaders!! We wish this team an incredible journey. You can follow Brendan, Mark, Troy, Brian, Graham, Benjamin and Carolyn live as they make their way along the track. Click here to view the GPS map.
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