Kokoda Track is the target
By EMMA CORNFORD
A GROUP of 15 Grafton Ambulance officers and hospital staff are on their way to Papua New Guinea today to walk the Kokoda Track.
The expedition is seen as the ultimate in adventure experience, also having the added bonus of providing a valuable community service for the people of Grafton and the Clarence Valley.
The group is raising money for the Hospital and ambulance service by completing the gruelling hike.
It will take them nine days to complete the track as they traverse through rugged jungle, across rivers and over mountains, following in the footsteps of the World War II soldiers as they defended Australia from invading Japanese.
Tour organiser Rob Brown said more than $12,000 has already been raised for their effort and he hoped more would get behind the group while they were walking in Papua New Guinea.
"Preparation has been good. I think we're all a bit worried about the unexpected on the track and by all accounts it's extremely hard both physically and mentally but I believe with teamwork we can get through it," he said.
"I think the historical side of it will be the most exciting for me because I had a great uncle who fought up there ... but I think the whole thing will be pretty amazing."
The group will also be taking soccer and netballs donated by Grafton Big W to give to the children in villages along the track.
"Hopefully we can give it to them as we meet them in the afternoons when we get to the villages and have a bit of a kick around," he said.