The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-08-06T00:26:01Z Melbourne Tackles the Kokoda Challenge 2018-08-06T00:26:01Z melbourne-tackles-the-kokoda-challenge The Melbourne Kokoda Challenge, an annual event run by the Kokoda Youth Foundation, is on October 28th in the Dandenong Ranges, attracting over 700 people to hike 15km or 30kms for Melbourne youth. Available to both open teams and school teams, the event is designed as an opportunity to bring together the community, change lives of local teens and realise potential, it’s not a race – it’s about crossing the finish line as a team. In 2017 Saint Josephs’ Primary had eleven teams conquer the challenge, with one of their teams (pictured) winning the Alan ‘Kanga’ Moore School Cup, the first school team across the 30km finish line; and they’re returning in attempt to repeat history.  "St. Joseph's Primary in Elsternwick is so excited to be taking part in the Kokoda Challenge for the second year running, with a total of 48 kids, 7 teachers and 5 parents signed up, many returning after a memorable 2017 event.” “The sense of achievement and pride the students had from completing an event such as this is difficult to replicate in the classroom. Couldn't recommend it more highly,” says teacher Michael Barnhoorn. Schools teams are encouraged to submit teams in the 15km Peter Holloway Cup or the 30km Alan 'Kanga' Moore Cup to take home the Perpetual Trophy for their school for one year, until they are called upon to defend their title! Over 700 people will start at Ferntree Gully Picnic Grounds amidst the history and awe of the Kokoda Memorial, as competitors set off through challenging trails and beautiful scenery in teams of 2, 3 or 4.  “This challenge helps our children work together and strive to be their very best pushing through difficulties as a team, it helps them learn about Australian history, raise money for a worthy cause and realise that if they work hard enough, anything is possible,” says Christabel Martin from St. Macartan's Parish Primary School. Reminiscent of the battle Australian soldiers fought in Papua New Guinea, it’s all about keeping the Kokoda Spirit of Courage, Endurance, Mateship and Sacrifice alive within society, finishing as a team and changing lives of Aussie youth. Event proceeds fund the Kokoda Youth Foundation’s programs that take Australian youth through a life changing journey of adventure-based learning, community service, team building and to Papua New Guinea to hike the real Kokoda Track and volunteer in local villages.  The Kokoda Youth Foundation are encouraging people to rally their troops, fundraise for local youth and tick a big-ticket item off your bucket list; The Melbourne Kokoda Challenge! Register to participate or volunteer at kokodachallengeevents.com/kokoda-challenge-melbourne - registrations close October 14th, 2018.  5000 People Attending Australia’s Toughest Team Endurance Event for it's 14th Year 2018-06-20T04:56:13Z 5000-people-attending-australia-s-14th-toughest-team-endurance-event Over 5000 individuals will flock to the Gold Coast Hinterland for the 14th Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge on July 14 to raise funds for local teenagers, unite in remembrance of our WW2 veterans and to conquer Australia’s toughest team endurance event. There are family, friends, corporate and school teams, kids from the age of 12 to elderly participants over 50, elite athletes attempting to beat the record of 11 hours 50 minutes, people walking for their battle against cancer, for their ancestors who fought in WWII, for their desire to help local youth… bringing together the entire community. “The stories, emotions and atmosphere of a Kokoda Challenge event is unlike anything else,” says Kev Davies, sixth time Kokoda Challenge participant. The Kokoda Challenge has been dubbed Australia’s toughest team endurance bush walking event and is run annually on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Melbourne, designed to keep the WW2 Kokoda spirit of Courage, Endurance, Mateship and Sacrifice alive. It is not a race, it’s about getting to the finish line as a solid team.  Teams go through some of Gold Coasts toughest terrain in 48km and 96km distance events, with a 33 hour limit on the 48km distance and 39 hour limit on the 96km, with the event closing 10pm Sunday 15th. Teams will tackle bush, fire trails, huge hills and a dozen creeks through Mudgeeraba, Austinville, Springbrook, Numinbah Valley, Beechmont and Clagiraba to finish in Nerang. All event proceeds fund the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program, which has been running since 2004 and changing lives of 50+ local teens a year from all backgrounds and circumstances, from high achievers to those who are disengaged and at-risk.  The 14-month program involves physical endurance, community service, team building and a funded trip to Papua New Guinea to complete the real Kokoda Track and volunteer in local villages. Starting in 2004, these kids are known as ‘Kokoda Kids’. Details:Saturday 14th July 20186:45AM - Firth Park, 1 Somerset Drive, Mudgeeraba – 96km Participants Start Line 10:45AM – Numinbah Valley Hall, Nerang Murwillumbah Road – 48km School Teams Start Line 12:45PM – Numinbah Valley Hall, Nerang Murwillumbah Road – 48km Open Teams Start Line Sunday 15th July 20183:00PM – Nerang Velodrome, 8 Hope St, Nerang  – Official Event Presentation of Medallions and Awards to leading finishing teams All day – Nerang Velodrome, 8 Hope St, Nerang  – Finish line for all participants, finishing at multiple times until cut off at 10pm Sunday Attending and available for interviews on the day: 2500+ Challenge Participants conquering 96km or 48km 300+ Volunteers 600+ Support Crews Local councillors confirmed, including: Ros Bates MP, Cr Robert La Castra, Cr William Owen-Jones, Cr Kristyn Boulton Cr Peter Young Doug Henderson OAM and his wife Anna, founders of the Kokoda Youth Foundation and Kokoda Challenge Our 2018 “Kokoda Kids” (beneficiaries of our youth programs) competing in the 96km event -  A colourful group of kids in our 14 month Kokoda Challenge Youth Program. They have incredible stories of change, e.g. Afghanistan refugee working full time on top of school to get by, Congo refugee who lives in a house with 8 siblings, Aboriginal girl living in a boarding house who fled from a town of crime with dreams of more, an A+ academic and a high achiever chasing challenges outside their comfort zone and more! Watch last year’s event here For more information or to RSVP contact: Media Manager, Naomi Mullen on 0468 845 700 media@kokodachallenge.com Sat 2nd June Brisbane Kokoda Challenge Attracting 2015 Participants 2018-05-29T01:03:07Z sat-2nd-june-brisbane-kokoda-challenge-attracting-2015-participants Details: Saturday June 2nd 2018 Brookfield Showgrounds, 550 Brookfield Road, Brookfield QLD 4069 5:30am – Registration opens for participants 6:45am – Official opening by our founder, bugler player and VIP guest introductions 7:00am – 48km distance start (680 participants/148 teams) 7:45am – Second opening by our founder, bugler player and VIP guest introductions 8:00am – 15km and 30km distance start (1335 participants/280 teams) 10:00am – first competitors through the finish line 1:00pm-3:00pm – most competitors will come through the finish line, particularly schools 2am Sunday - last competitors will come through the finish line, event closes   Attending and available for interviews: 2015 Challenge Participants: 310 registered school teams (4 kids + 1 teacher per team) 117 registered open public teams (teams of 2, 3 or 4) 100+ Volunteers Local Councillors and Spectators (Including Councillor Kate Richards and The Honorable Jane Prentice Federal Member for Ryan and Assistant Minster for Social Services and Disability Services)  Doug Henderson OAM and his wife Anna, founders of the Kokoda Youth Foundation and Kokoda Challenge A 2011 Kokoda Kid who will be the MC of the event A 2004 Inaugural Kokoda Kid who is now one of our Youth Leaders and Board Members 2018 Kokoda Kids (50) competing in the 48km event and 2017 Kokoda Kids (50) volunteering  -  A colourful group of kids in our 14 month Kokoda Challenge Youth Program. They have incredible stories of change from our program: Afghanistan refugee working full time on top of school to get by, Congo refugee who lives in a house with 8 siblings, Aboriginal girl living in a boarding house who fled from a town of crime with dreams of more, an A+ academic and a high achiever chasing challenges outside their comfort zone and more! More information: The Kokoda Challenge is a team based endurance bush walking event designed to keep the Kokoda spirit of Courage, Endurance, Mateship and Sacrifice alive. It is not a race, it’s about getting to the finish line as a solid team. Teams go through some of Brisbane’s toughest terrain in 15km, 30km or 48km distance events, carrying all of their own food, water and supplies. There is a 20 hour limit on the 48km distance, event closing 2am Sunday 3rd. “The stories, emotions and atmosphere of a Kokoda Challenge event is unlike anything else,” eighth time Brisbane participant. We recommend being at the 7:00am or 8:00am start line and/or finish line during the day, interviewing participants, volunteers and support crews. Many are back as regular Kokodians, a lot are using this event as a training opportunity for our 96km event on the Gold Coast on 14th July. There are family teams, corporate teams, school teams, kids at the age of 10 to elderly participants over 50. There are people walking for their battle against cancer, for their ancestors who fought in WWII, for their desire to help local youth - bringing together the entire community. All event proceeds fund our Kokoda Challenge Youth Program, changing lives of 50+ local teens a year from all backgrounds and circumstances, from high achievers to those who are disengaged and at-risk. The 14-month program involves physical endurance, community service, team building and a funded trip to Papua New Guinea to complete the real Kokoda Track and volunteer in local villages. Starting in 2004, these kids are known as ‘Kokoda Kids’. Watch last year’s event here For more information or to RSVP contact: Media Manager, Naomi Mullen on 0468 845 700 media@kokodachallenge.com Brisbane’s Eighth Kokoda Challenge Community Event is Here! 2018-05-14T05:39:31Z brisbane-s-eighth-kokoda-challenge-community-event-is-here The Kokoda Challenge is coming back to Brisbane for the eighth year, with over 4000 individuals attending the team based endurance bush walking event is set to be more successful than ever, designed to keep the Kokoda spirit of Courage, Endurance, Mateship and Sacrifice alive. It is not a race, it’s about getting to the finish line as a solid team; teams go through some of Brisbane’s toughest terrain in 15km, 30km or 48km distance events, carrying all of their own food, water and supplies. There is a 20 hour limit on the 48km distance, event closing 2am Sunday 3rd. “The stories, emotions and atmosphere of a Kokoda Challenge event is unlike anything else,” eighth time Brisbane participant.  We recommend being at the 7:00am or 8:00am start line and/or finish line during the day, interviewing participants, volunteers and support crews.  Many are back as regular Kokodians, a lot are using this event as a training opportunity for our 96km event on the Gold Coast on 14th July, there are family teams, corporate teams, school teams, kids at the age of 10 to elderly participants over 50.  There are people walking for their battle against cancer, for their ancestors who fought in WWII, for their desire to help local youth - bringing together the entire community. All event proceeds fund our Kokoda Challenge Youth Program, changing lives of 50+ local teens a year from all backgrounds and circumstances, from high achievers to those who are disengaged and at-risk. The 14-month program involves physical endurance, community service, team building and a funded trip to Papua New Guinea to complete the real Kokoda Track and volunteer in local villages. Starting in 2004, these kids are known as ‘Kokoda Kids’. Details: Saturday June 2nd 2018 Brookfield Showgrounds, 550 Brookfield Road, Brookfield QLD 4069 5:30am – Registration opens for participants 6:45am – Official opening by our founder, bugler player and VIP guest introductions 7:00am – 48km distance start (680 participants/148 teams) 7:45am – Second opening by our founder, bugler player and VIP guest introductions 8:00am – 15km and 30km distance start (1240 participants/280 teams) 10:00am – first competitors through the finish line 1:00pm-3:00pm – most competitors will come through the finish line, particularly schools 2am Sunday - last competitors will come through the finish line, event closes  Attending and available for interviews: 1920+ Challenge Participants: 310 registered school teams (4 kids + 1 teacher per team) 117 registered open public teams (teams of 2, 3 or 4) 100+ Volunteers Local councillors and spectators (Including MP Kate Richards and MP Jane Prentice) Doug Henderson OAM and his wife Anna, founders of the Kokoda Youth Foundation and Kokoda Challenge A 2011 Kokoda Kid who will be the MC of the event A 2004 Inaugural Kokoda Kid who is now one of our Youth Leaders and Board Members 2018 Kokoda Kids (50) competing in the 48km event and 2017 Kokoda Kids (50) volunteering  -  A colourful group of kids in our 14 month Kokoda Challenge Youth Program. They have incredible stories of change from our program: Afghanistan refugee working full time on top of school to get by, Congo refugee who lives in a house with 8 siblings, Aboriginal girl living in a boarding house who fled from a town of crime with dreams of more, an A+ academic and a high achiever chasing challenges outside their comfort zone and more! Watch last year’s event here  It would be great if you could advise us of your attendance. On arrival, make your way to the ‘Information Tent’. For more information or to RSVP contact: Media Manager, Naomi Mullen on 0468 845 700, media@kokodachallenge.com (on leave May 17-27) Or Event Manager, Jo Parker on 0424 955 332, eventmanager@kokodachallenge.com