Giving Back

In keeping with our values, we place a high importance on serving others and giving in areas where we feel we can make a tangible difference. When clients take a journey with us, they also know that they are contributing to the quality of life of others in need. Apart from numerous charities that we support with smaller donations, we focus on 3 key areas of giving.

1. Giving to Communities & Families in Need

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apart from contributing to the remote communities we visit by employing local guides, porters, cooks, drivers and paying for trek fees, guesthouse accommodation, local produce, site visits, cleaning services etc; we also contribute to more needy communities and families in other ways.

Since we started operating on the Kokoda Trail Free Spirit Adventures and it's trekkers have either donated or organised the contribution of the following:

  • Donation of sporting goods to Kokoda School, Kovello, Efogi, Menari and Naduri Villages.
  • Organised a book drive and shipping of books and school resources to Kavovo School to help rebuild their library after a fire.
  • Donation of school resources to Bisitibu, Efogi, Menari, Kokoda, Buna & Gona Schools.
  • Organised the delivery of 20 new school desks to Efogi School.
  • Presented a plaque to Efogi School in memory of  2/27th Battalion who fought on Mission Ridge.
  • Gift of guitars to our porters and their families.
  • Donation of Mosquito nets to Buna Village.
  • Donation of medical supplies to Waju Village & Buna Aid Posts & Kokoda Hospital.
  • Paying funeral expenses for one of our porters family members.
  • Gifting boots and other camping gear to guides and porters.
  • Donations to Oro Province community affected by Cyclone Guba
  • Sponsoring Solar Lights for all families as Isurava and Gona Villages.
  • Sponsoring children's education along the track and northern beaches.
  • Supporting the production of locally created reading books for Kokoda College

We support community project initiatives of the Kokoda Track Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Interview on Radio Adelaide Legacy Hour - What inspires us to give back: click here

In 2010 & 2011 we supported the Krappers 4 Kokoda Project in conjunction with Legacy and the Kokoda Track Foundation to reduce water contamination near rivers along the track and to reduce health risks for school children.

Adopt n Angel

From 2010 - 2014 we supported the 'Adopt an Angel' Program until its completion and continue to support the education of children along the northern beaches where our porters live.

Elsie with Wayne at Buna School

Lighting Up The Track

In 2012 we became a Project Partner with the Kokoda Track Foundation to support the donation of 1000's of solar lights to villages along the Kokoda Trail. This project impacts, health, education, micro-business, social opportunities and safety. We are proud to be sponsoring Isuarava & Gona Village.

 

2. Legacy Kokoda TREKKERS

Legacy is a voluntary organisation of veterans, servicemen & women and other volunteers who are dedicated to the care of the dependents of Australian Defence Force personnel, after the death of a spouse or parent during service and after operational service. Legacy currently cares for 115,000 widows and 1900 dependants throughout Australia.

Legacy Kokoda Trekkers was started in 2009 to provide fellowship for those who have walked the Kokoda Track and who want to give back to the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by supporting Legacy.

In 2010, we had the honour of taking Myalls Fawcett - a Legacy Ward; to the Kokoda Trail. His story was featured on the ABC 7.30 Report and he looks back on this experience with fond memories.

To order a copy of the Legacy Kokoda Trekkers coffee table book; please click here.

All proceeds go to Legacy.


3. Operation Flinders Foundation

Operation Flinders Foundation is a South Australian based charitable organisation that runs a world leading wilderness adventure program for young offenders and young people at risk. The program takes participants between the age of 14 and 18 years on an eight day exercise in the far northern Flinders Ranges, providing an opportunity for its participants to break away from their past and grow as valued members of the community.

We support Operation Flinders in two ways:

  1. Direct involvement as Team Leaders of youth at risk groups on Operation Flinders Exercises in the Flinders Ranges and assisting with Peer Group Mentor training.
  2. Fundraising through the Annual Operation Flinders Challenge.  In 2008 we were recognised as the highest fundraisers out of hundreds of companies represented and in the last eight years we have entered 15 teams in the event bringing our total fundraising so far to more than $10,000.

Visit www.operationflinderschallenge.org.au for more info about the event.