Track trek for nippers

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 backpacks in preparation for the real 96km trek that Mrs Jackson said would be an emotional 10-day experience.

�In 1942, the Kokoda Track area was the scene for bitter fighting as the Australian Army fought to defend Port Moresby from advancing Japanese forces,� she said.

�Walking the Track has become a pilgrimage for Australians and those honouring the Anzac spirit.

�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.�

Mr Jackson, People and Culture director at Curtin University in Bentley, said they would embark on the challenging one-off adventure on August 22 and had organised other events to boost the funding tally.

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