Adventure Kokoda led 720 Australians from all walks of life across the Kokoda Trail this year. Most were profoundly affected by the experience in a positive way and now have a deep affection for the country and its people.
We provided temporary work to 2,160 Koiari and Orokaiva guides and carriers who established a special relationship with the trekkers they supported during the trek.
In addition to this our trekkers donated almost 1400 new books to the Port Moresby Grammar School library. We have also established a Kokoda Bursary Program at the school and provided them with an abundance of sporting gear and other items. We also donated two computers to Tessie Soi’s PNG ‘Friends Foundation’ together with financial support for the wonderful work she does. We have also provided some financial support to the Buk Bilong Pikannini program for children in the Tuberculosis Ward at the Port Moresby General Hospital.
Along the track our trekkers have donated approximately $50,000 in medical supplies to the Kokoda Memorial Hospital and more recently to the Sogeri Health Centre. We also provide school books and sporting gear to villages along the track.
We are proud of our association with PNG and in particular the Koiari and Orokaiva people who live along the track. They live within a subsistence economy but are always cheerful and ready to lend a hand to struggling trekkers.
We are in the process of establishing a special network to provide assistance in a more substantial way and would welcome any ideas or offers of support. We will keep you advised of our progress.
In the meantime I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
p.s. Ovoru Indiki from Naduri is a wartime carrier. He is a living symbol of the famous fuzzy-wuzzy angels. Although the Australian Government has never issued him with a medal for his service as a Carrier (to our eternal shame) Australian trekkers have made up for it by presenting him with a wide range of medals, badges and ribbons.