Warwick mums (from left) Charlene Newton, Claire Angus and Kim Zerner can’t wait to trek through the Gold Coast Hinterland for charity.
Warwick mums (from left) Charlene Newton, Claire Angus and Kim Zerner can’t wait to trek through the Gold Coast Hinterland for charity.

Warwick mums tackle Kokoda

LEECHES, welts from stinging nettles and a broken knuckle.

This was the result of Warwick mums Charlene Newton and Claire Angus’ first foray into the bush, when they tackled Mount Mitchell recently.

However, come July, Mrs Newton and Mrs Angus and fellow mums Kim Zerner and Sandy Clark are going to complete The Kokoda Challenge – a rugged 96 kilometre trek through the Gold Coast Hinterland – in less than 39 hours.

They admit they probably have a little way to go.

“My hubby did the proper Kokoda track a couple of years ago, I thought this would be a good challenge,” Mrs Angus said.

“We’ve been doing 20-kilometre walks once a week around Warwick.

“This is something I’ve never done before.”

They will attempt to demolish the 96km in between 25 and 30 hours.

The Kokoda Challenge is a fundraiser to cover the costs of the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program (KYCP) – an early intervention program, which has been developed to help young people who are at a crossroads in their lives.

The length of the program (14 months) combined with the strong physical component and use of the spirit of Kokoda, is proving to be a winning formula.

The first 20 weeks of the program consists of training activities and camps, which develop physical fitness and prepare participants for the Challenge of a lifetime: walking the Kokoda Track in PNG.

Since its inception five years ago, the KCYP has made a difference in the lives of 115 young people and in 2010 will be expanding to take on 52 young people between the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Tweed Branches.

The 2010 Kokoda Challenge will be held on July 17 and 18 in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Starting in the Village Green at Mudgeeraba, Mrs Angus, Mrs Newton, Mrs Zerner and Mrs Clark will join 1500 others on the trek through the Hinterland’s most rugged and beautiful bushland, including Springbrook, Beechmont, Numbinbah Valley and finishing at the Bicycle Velodrome in White Street, Nerang.

The one hurdle the Warwick mums are facing is raising as much money as possible to compete in the challenge.

They need to raise a minimum of $1000 just to enter by May, but are going further by aiming for at least $2500.

With the support of local businesses Mango Camping and Vitality Fitness Centre the team is on their way to achieving their fundraising targets.

Vitality Fitness is holding a spin-a-thon starting at 6am on March 13 and any donations will be accepted and all fitness levels are welcome.

They are also still looking for donations of equipment as well as monetary donations from other local businesses.

To make a tax deductible donation to their team you will need the team name, SMAGals, and number 34 then just go to the website www.kokodachallenge.com/onlinedonation

To make a donation of equipment or products please contact Claire Angus on 0418 189 426 or Charlene Newton on 0415 502 279.



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