Track trek for nippers
COUPLE RAISE FUNDS FOR LIFESAVING CLUB
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.everydayhero.com/au/ian-jackson.