Firefighters blaze a Trail
Eight Karratha volunteer firefighters are embarking on the Kokoda Trail in an effort to raise money and awareness for the WA Volunteer Firefighters Welfare Fund.
The WA Volunteer Firefighters Welfare Fund offers support to firemen who have been affected or injured in the line of duty.
Volunteer firefighter Mark Ellison is one of the eight heading to Kokoda in September.
“(The Kokoda Trail) is something that we’ve all wanted to do — it’s on all of our bucket lists,” he said. “You can spon- sor us to do the trail and the walk and all that but the money that’s given to us via sponsorship goes to the welfare fund.”
The boys are doing their best to train for the trek by doing 5am weekend walks up the Karratha hills but Mr Ellison said they were in for a challenge.
“We’ll be walking 11 days and doing 132km through muddy terrain,” he said.
“Some days we’re walking 15km in one day so it’s fairly straight and not so hilly but some days we’re only walking 3km and I’m pretty sure that will be uphill.”
The firefighters have also been selling tickets for a raffle to be drawn in April with all proceeds going towards the welfare fund.
First prize is a trailer filled with more than $5000 worth of four-wheel-drive and camping accessories.
Volunteers have been selling tickets since late last year and hope to sell a couple of thou- sand more before the raffle is drawn.
Mr Ellison will be travelling around the Pilbara in order to sell more tickets and raise more money.
“I’m going across to Tom Price on the March 19; we’re doing the markets out in Dampier on April 3 and we’ll be in the shopping centre this weekend,” he said.
The WA Volunteer Firefighters Welfare Fund raffle’s first prize is a load of outdoor equipment.