FEARLESS LEADERS TREK KOKODA FOR LIFELINE
Saving lives by following in the footsteps of diggers this ANZAC day
Release date: 13 March 2012
On the 19th of April, Lifeline’s Director of Workforce Development and former Wallaby, Joe Roff, will take a group of Aussies on a nine day trek on the Kokoda Track.
The trek is aimed at raising much needed funds for national suicide prevention and crisis support organisation - Lifeline. Joining Joe Roff in Papua New Guinea will be Lifeline’s Board Chair Graham Flower and 12 other dedicated professionals from across Australia.
The group will face massive challenges from the terrain – huge ridges and deep valleys as well as leeches, mosquitos, heat and humidity, the same conditions faced by Aussie diggers in 1942.
During the challenge they will camp along the track, and stand at the top of Brigade Hill on ANZAC Day to remember the significance of the track in Australia’s history.
“This is going to be a massive challenge both physically and mentally, for me and for those taking part,” Joe Roff said.
“It’s the first time that Lifeline has organised a trip of this physical magnitude and we’re hopeful that as well as raising funds for our services, the trek will also raise awareness of Lifeline’s work in suicide prevention and crisis support.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank those dedicated individuals who are joining me on this journey, the enthusiasm they have shown by signing on to support a charity in this way, is truly in the ANZAC spirit.
“I hope that Australians will honour this commitment by supporting us through what will no doubt be a very tough trek. I think I’d almost prefer to face up to the French again in the 1999 World Cup final!”
If you’d like to support Joe and his fellow trekkers, go to the fundraising page for the event http://lifelinekokoda2012.gofundraise.com.au/
For further information or comment contact: Chris Wagner 0434 378 939