Trekkers’ spirit strong to help the community

Their children, Cooper (14) and Ella (12), joined the club as Nippers four years ago and the active parents hope to raise about $10,000 to help buy rescue equipment and complete lifesaver training and community education in readiness for the 2015/16 summer season.

Together they have been completing the 80-step mini Kokoda Track Memorial Walk at Kings Park about four times a week, loaded up with their backpacks in preparation for the real 96km trek Jennifer said would be an emotional 10-

�In 1942, the Kokoda Track area was the scene of bitter fighting as the Australian Army fought to defend Port Moresby from advancing Japanese forces. Walking the Track has become a pilgrimage for Australians, and those honouring the Anzac spirit,� she said.

�We thought it would be a great way to help raise awareness and funding for surf-life saving and in doing so a great way to pay tribute to those Diggers who gave so much along the track 73 years ago.

�I have some friends who have done the Track and they said it made them feel more Australian.�

They will embark on the challenging one-off adventure on August 22 and have organised other events to help add to the funding tally.

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