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Join walk for Wounded Heroes

Posted: 7am 26 Mar 2021

Bribie Island Bowls Club is calling for volunteers to step up and step out for its new Kokoda Challenge Charity Walk.

The Challenge is to walk 96kms, the length of the Kokoda Track, between April 1-24, finishing just before Anzac Day on April 25.

A 4km course is being prepared by the bowls club. It is open for all levels of fitness, with 24 daily stages recommended for those less fit.

Wounded Heroes

All funds raised will go to Wounded Heroes, which supports Australian service personnel with the financial, emotional and personal hardships.

“This is an exciting event to be involved with and the initial response to the challenge has been great,” said club Community Co-ordinator Kerry Muller.

“People have shown an interest to walk the distance from places near and far for such a worthwhile cause.

“Wounded Heroes is a fantastic organisation that does whatever it takes to provide support services for defence personnel, and we are proud to be able to help them continue this work.”

Inspiration

It was inspired by the efforts of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore who did 100 laps of his garden in the UK and raised $57 million for the National Health Service (NHS).

Around 50 entries have been received so far, some from the Sunshine Coast and Rockhampton, with Kerry hoping the final figure will be around 150.

“Participants can choose to cover the 96km anywhere that suits them, or they can join the set walking track along the Pumicestone Passage waterfront walkway opposite the club,” he said.

“You can record your daily distance at the club’s Kokoda Challenge checkpoint which will be manned daily from 6.30-9am.

Good cause

“This is the first such walk by the club, but in my dreams I’m hoping it will be ongoing. It is all for a good cause.”

Entry to Bribie Island Bowls Club’s Kokoda Challenge is via a $25 donation to Wounded Heroes. Participants will receive a specially-designed shirt to wear while they walk.

For more and to register visit bribiebowls.com/kokodachallenge/ or phone 3408 1018.

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