COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Sally Rowen hosted a bingo night to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service as part of the Kokoda Challenge.
COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Sally Rowen hosted a bingo night to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service as part of the Kokoda Challenge. Amy Kadel

Journey of a lifetime

RAISING money for charity can be a great personal feat in itself, but for Sally Rowen, that simply wasn't enough.

Instead, Mrs Rowen decided to join the 2016 Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) challenge.

As part of the challenge, she will be raising money for the RFDS, before strapping on her hiking boots to walk the Kokoda Track.

To help in her fundraising efforts, Mrs Rowen hosted a Bingo Family Fun Night.

At the fundraiser, Mrs Rowen, with the help of the community, raised over $2000 for RFDS.

"The support for the bingo night was overwhelming and very much appreciated,” she said.

Mrs Rowen said there wasn't any particular reason she had decided to take part in the trek, but said it had always been something she wanted to do.

"I've wanted to walk to Kokoda Track for quite some time because my grandfather served in Papua New Guinea and New Britain and Borneo in the Second World War, and heard all his stories and how hard it was and I thought,'I'd like to do that',” she said.

"There's so many reasons why I want to do it, there's not just one.”

The group completing the Kokoda Challenge are aiming to raise $100,000 for the RFDS before they begin their trek and have raised over $78,000 so far.

Mrs Rowen and the group will travel to Port Moresby on Saturday, November 5, before beginning the trek the next day.

On Remembrance Day the group will be at the base of Brigade Hill. "It's going to be very emotional up there,” Mrs Rowen said.

With a 96km journey ahead of them, Mrs Rowen said she is preparing herself for the monstrous walk.

"I've been doing lots of training, everyday I walk a minimum of 6km,” she said.

Mrs Rowen has also bought special walking boots she has worn in and is now following a strict regime.

People are still able to donate, by donating the money directly to Mrs Rowen who will deposit directly to RFDS, or visit everydayheroes.com.au and search Sally Rowen to donate to her page.

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