Stu­dents trip of a life­time to Kokoda

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Af­ter al­most a year of fundrais­ing, train­ing and bond­ing as a team, ten stu­dents and two staff from Yar­ra­wonga Col­lege P-12 left Aus­tralia headed for Papua New Guinea ea­ger to tackle the for­bid­ding Owen Stan­ley Ranges, what is com­monly known as the Kokoda Track.

The group started their trek in late Septem­ber from Kokoda Sta­tion to Ow­ers’ Cor­ner, an in­cred­i­ble 96 km over 9 days, trudg­ing through rugged ter­rain, climb­ing sheer cliffs and de­scend­ing down muddy, moun­tain­ous drops, whilst sur­rounded by spec­tac­u­lar jun­gle and wel­com­ing vil­lages.

Whilst the go­ing was def­i­nitely tough and ex­tremely chal­leng­ing, not only phys­i­cally but men­tally, the team was priv­i­leged to have the op­por­tu­nity to walk in the foot­steps of he­roes.

The 2017 Kokoda group in­cluded; staff; Jo McCarthy and Adam Dodd. Stu­dents; Elise Free­man, Han­nah Keel, Illa Crawford, Jess Bar­ton, Jordy McCarthy, Heidi Mur­ray, Maddi Warner, Robert Wil­son, Sam Wil­lett and Ai­dan Wil­liams.

YCP12 Teacher and Cam­pus Prin­ci­pal Jo McCarthy said the stu­dents learnt so much about the Kokoda Cam­paign.

“Walk­ing the Kokoda Track was the most in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity.

“Our porters were amaz­ing, the vil­lages so wel­com­ing and friendly and the scenery spec­tac­u­lar.

“We had the priv­i­lege of walk­ing in the foot­steps of he­roes and I have learnt so much about the PNG cul­ture as well as the brav­ery and sac­ri­fice made by our sol­diers dur­ing the Kokoda cam­paign.

“Aus­tralian Trek Leader, Greg Cham­ber­lain was in­spir­ing in his knowl­edge of all the bat­tles that oc­curred along the track, teach­ing ev­ery­one about what re­ally hap­pened in 1942.

“This jour­ney was a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for all in­volved, not only did the stu­dents learn about the PNG cul­ture, but more im­por­tantly they learnt about kind­ness and grat­i­tude through the spe­cial bond de­vel­oped with their porters.

“Words can­not ex­press how grate­ful I am for this ex­pe­ri­ence – many thanks to Kokoda Spirit for mak­ing this trip so spe­cial in so many ways.”

Since their ar­rival back home the team has pre­sented for many com­mu­nity groups and spon­sors of this amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. YCP12 and in par­tic­u­lar, the 2017 Kokoda Team would like to ac­knowl­edge and thank the fol- low­ing spon­sors: Club Mul­wala; Yar­ra­wonga/ Mul­wala Ro­tary Club; Bur­ramine Sports Club; The Mon­tana and Cadel Foun­da­tion; the Yar­ra­wonga and Mul­wala lo­cal com­mu­nity and busi­nesses who have do­nated goods and ser­vices for raf­fles and the Trivia Night.

And to the fol­low­ing per­sonal spon­sors: Levesque Build­ing; Pro-Fin­ish Col­li­sion Re­pair Cen­tre; Thom­sons Buslines; STF En­gi­neer­ing; Pow­elly’s Paint­ing and Ren­der­ing; Judds Mens­land; Burke’s Ho­tel; Mul­wala Bak­ery; Tungamah Ho­tel; Cen­tral Mur­ray Credit Union; Un­cle Tobys; 1 Stop Driv­ing School; Ken­tucky Turf Nurs­ery; Chris Wil­son Con­tract­ing; Mur­ray River Dig­ger and Land­scap­ing.

The 2017 Kokoda group trekked an in­cred­i­ble 96 km over 9 days.

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