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Clarence crew conquers Kokoda

By EMMA CORNFORD

ecornford@dailyexaminer.com.au

EXHAUSTED and sore, the 17 Clarence Valley emergency workers and nurses who walked the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea returned home late last week.

The group walked the gruelling 96-kilometre track, which was one of the last lines of defence from the Japanese in World War II, to raise money for equipment for the Grafton Base Hospital and ambulance service.

Tour organiser and Grafton ambulance officer Rob Brown said he hoped more businesses would get behind the group's fundraiser, especially now they had completed the hike, considered one of the most difficult in the world.

He said there would be a charity golf day later in the year and encouraged businesses and individuals to get behind the event.

Overall, he said the walk had been a positive experience for the participants, who took eight days to complete the trek.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can place spare change in Kokoda fundraiser tins at businesses around Grafton or contact Mr Brown on 0428 66 42 32.

nLater in the week, The Daily Examiner will bring you more about the history of the track as well as the physical and emotional challenges faced by the group during their experience.



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