Track trek for nip­pers


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Michele Nu­gent

KENS­ING­TON cou­ple Ian and Jen­nifer Jack­son are com­bin­ing the Fre­man­tle Surf Life Sav­ing Club’s ur­gent need for funds with their re­spect for the An­zac spirit by walk­ing the Kokoda Track this year.

Their chil­dren Cooper (14) and Ella (12) joined the club as nip­pers four years ago and the ac­tive par­ents hope to raise about $10,000 to help buy res­cue equip­ment and com­plete life­saver train­ing and com­muni- ty ed­u­ca­tion in readi­ness for the 2015-16 sum­mer sea­son.

To­gether they have been com­plet­ing the 80-step mini Kokoda Track Me­mo­rial Walk at Kings Park about four times a week, loaded up with back­packs in prepa­ra­tion for the real 96km trek that Mrs Jack­son said would be an emo­tional 10-day ex­pe­ri­ence.

“In 1942, the Kokoda Track area was the scene for bit­ter fight­ing as the Aus­tralian Army fought to de­fend Port Moresby from ad­vanc­ing Ja­panese forces,” she said.

“Walk­ing the Track has be­come a pil­grim­age for Aus­tralians and those hon­our­ing the An­zac spirit.

“We thought it would be a great way to help raise aware­ness and fund­ing for surf life sav­ing and in do­ing so, a great way to pay trib­ute to those Dig­gers who gave so much along the Track 73 years ago.

“I have some friends who have done the Track and they said it made them feel more Aus­tralian.”

Mr Jack­son, Peo­ple and Cul­ture direc­tor at Curtin Uni­ver­sity in Bent­ley, said they would em­bark on the chal­leng­ing one­off adventure on Au­gust 22 and had or­gan­ised other events to boost the fund­ing tally.

Do­nate at sur­flife­sav­ing-kokoda 2015.ev­ery­day­­son.

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