Fire­fight­ers blaze a Trail

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Louise Alling­ham

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.

Pic­ture: Kar­ratha Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue

The WA Vol­un­teer Fire­fight­ers Wel­fare Fund raf­fle’s first prize is a load of out­door equip­ment.

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