Spirit of the Fighting Koalas

kokoda_challengeI would like to announce the official launch of  team ‘Fighting Koalas’ who will be tackling the 2009 Kokoda Challenge on the Gold Coast, July 18th & 19th. In the spirit of mateship Brec, Shaun, Peter and myself will join as a team and aim to complete the 96k trek through the hinterland of the Gold Coast in under 20 hours, testing the limits of the mind, body and spirit. We are excited to be part of such an event and will also be raising money for the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program (KCYP), a great cause making a difference in the lives of young people.

Since reading Kokoda by Peter Fitzsimons, I have been inspired and interested in events that took place on the Kokoda Trail in WWII. Amazing feats of bravery and mateship demonstrated time and time again by the Australian soldiers somehow stopped the Japanese advancing to Port Moresby and launching a full on assault on Australian soils.  

It is this trail in Papua New Guinea that the Kokoda Challenge was designed to reflect – with 96km representing the actual distance of the Kokoda Track and the 39 hours  (to complete the trail) symbolizing the 39th Militia who were the first of our Australian troops to arrive at Kokoda on 15th July 1942. It is in very different circumstances that we will be faced with the challenge, but I am sure the spirit of the Kokoda will be close to our hearts throughout the trek.

Brec, Shaun, Pete and myself invite you along for the journey to the Kokoda Challenge 2009 and call on your support for ‘Team Koala and the KCYP. You can become a fan on our Facebook Page ” Spirit of the Fighting Koalas“.

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