Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge

Congratulations to the three students selected for the 2019 Trek.

Adrian Crnalic, Brooke Chilvers & Keegan Heber

Gosford RSL Club has been sponsoring local high school students to participate in the Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge since 2010. The successful applicants in this tenth anniversary year have just been announced. They are Miss Brooke Chilvers of St Joseph’s Catholic College, Mr Adrian Crnalic of Henry Kendall High School and Mr Keegan Heber of St Edward’s College.

The trek takes place in the September school holidays each year. This year’s local young adults will join with many others from all over NSW and also several from interstate to undertake this arduous walk in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. They will follow in the footsteps of those who fought in the Kokoda Campaign. They will learn of the history of that campaign along the way and will pass through villages where they will interact with the local inhabitants.  To date, more than 20 local trekkers have been sponsored by Gosford RSL Club to take the Kokoda Challenge and all have found it to be a life changing experience.

Gosford RSL Club is pleased to promote and support this youth leadership initiative, to the benefit of local young adults and to honour the sacrifice of those who fought in the Kokoda Campaign in World War 2.

This year Kokoda Challenge Trekkers are raising funds for Network Kokoda.  Network Kokoda honours the war time legacy of our Kokoda Veterans and the PNG wartime carriers through agriculture, education, health and leadership initiatives by partnering with the villagers along the Kokoda Trail.  Donations tins are located at the reception of Gosford RSL Club.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested to apply for Gosford RSL Club sponsorship of Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge 2020, contact your high school in February next year when full details will be available for the 2020 trek. Applicants must be at least 17 years old at the time of the trek, be studying full time at school and have, or be able to easily obtain, an Australian passport.


For further information, please contact the Kokoda Challenge Co Ordinator,
Maureen Horne, 4323 2311; exec@grsl.com.au  www.kokodatreks.com