Claire & Stacey Conquer Kokoda

By Stacey & Claire

Miss Claire Goward and Miss Stacey Horne are two young ladies who have set themselves an ambitious goal of conquering the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea in October 2016. Claire is a current serving submariner in the Royal Australian Navy and Stacey is an ex-member who works for THALES, which is contracted to Defence. We are both studying at university and are housemates in Port Kennedy.

The Kokoda Track was made famous in WWII when Australian and Japanese soldiers fought in dire conditions on the Owen Stanley Range. Mud, malaria and malnutrition were rife while the soldiers on both sides engaged in guerrilla warfare. The efforts of the Australian soldiers prevented the inevitable invasion of mainland Australia by the Japanese, and their heroic efforts have been immortalised in our nation's history.    

We both have strong connections to the Australian Defence Force and wish to support a charity that assists with the rehabilitation and reintegration of wounded Defence members into society. By using the Kokoda Track adventure as a vehicle to enhance our own understanding of the hardships endured by the brave Australians who defended our country on Kokoda, we also intend to share the story with others and increase their understanding of the afflictions that ADF service today can incur. Therefore, our plight in Papua New Guinea is a conduit to fundraise for a charity that is close to our hearts. 

So we have challenged ourselves, now we are challenging you. We challenge you to pledge 1c per step that we take on this perilous journey, for either the whole 9 days, or a random single day of your choosing. We will be tracking our steps with the Fitbit fitness tracker, and estimate that we will take between 13,000 and 15,000 steps per day. If you wish to donate through this method, please indicate your interest directly to Stacey or Claire.

How far will your donation go?

$60 pays for the staff fees for a ex-serving member and their family to have a consultation with a Reintegration Officer, who can offer advice and begin to connect them with the services offered by Soldier On and other support organisation.

$100 covers the facility and instructor fees for a 1 hour wellness session for 10 Veterans. These range from Art and Music sessions, to sports activities and Yoga. These sessions connect the Veterans with other like minded people and fosters friendship and support whilst developing new skills. 

$165 Covers the cost of a session with a Psychologist, which fosters the positive trajectory of recovery for both the Veteran and their family.

$250 Covers the cost of a session with a career adviser. Ex-serving members have a wide array of skills that are often difficult to translate into civilian equivalence. The development of a professional CV greatly assists with confidence and comportment while looking for a job in the real world.

$300 Covers the cost of a Family Day for 5 Veterans and their families. Often, it is difficult to spend quality time with the family outside the house, and this Family Day provides that experience.  

These above figures are an indication as to how powerful your donation can be for an ex-serving member and their family. They are by no means fixed donation amounts, and Stacey and Claire would be exceptionally grateful for anything you can spare in support of this great cause. Once you have donated you will immediately receive a tax receipt to your email address. All donations made from this page will go straight to Soldier On.

Wish us luck!

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You did it. Well done. We are proud of your girls. Wish we could donate more. Love Debra, Paul , Thomas Edward
Paul Schefe 2016-11-12 15:20:52
Fantastic Achievement Claire Stacey. From David Thompson your Thales Australia Colleagues
Thales Australia 2016-11-08 10:18:27
Only a week to go! You two are amazing. thanks for a great arvo at the Pink Duck, next time the mojitos will be on me! Stacey great work wooing everyone with your sassy charm into buying bulk raffle tickets and kudos to Claire for a set of great pins.
Anonymous 2016-10-03 23:05:06
Congrats on an awesome arvo sesh guys, you killed it and should be so proud!! Claire, maybe try getting in some practice you lazy lazy girl
Anonymous 2016-09-27 19:02:45
Well done Ladies, you girls are true stars
Simon Hamlet 2016-09-27 15:00:01
Nice job ladies. Goodluck
Terron Kelly 2016-09-24 11:38:39
So proud of you lovely ladies!! See you Saturday afternoon xx
Bec Sugget 2016-09-23 22:02:51
You are both an amazing inspiration .... so proud!!
Helen Wittman & Nanny 2016-09-22 17:33:14
You two are amazing. I wish you all the best with your trip, and I hope you have an awesome time!
Aaron Hyland 2016-09-21 18:36:39
Good luck to you both! Hope its an amazing experience. Leah, Violet Anthony Horton
Anthony Horton 2016-09-21 12:33:39
Have a really good event at the Pink Duck. All the best with your fundraising for such a worthy cause.
Steven Padley 2016-09-21 11:40:22
Tam Prins and Amanda Doyle
Tamara Prins 2016-09-14 18:00:24
Kerry Beekman Tricia Williams
Kerry-Ann Beekman 2016-09-14 12:25:25
Ticket for myself for Sundowners please Laura Lopes
Anonymous 2016-09-12 16:22:35
Laura Frayling 2016-09-01 11:29:56
You ladies are killing it. Have you got hiking poles yet
Anonymous 2016-08-30 23:28:14
Thanks for a great Quiz Night! Claire, you 're not as funny as you advertised but Stacey did a great job organising! She is a wet sock though and you 're banging hot!
Anonymous 2016-08-27 10:37:30
Congratulations on a successful Quiz Night girls. Claire, you were charismatic and charming as always , while Stacey you had the personality of a wet sock. Though, the event was very well organised and I can guarantee that Stacey was the brains behind it, Claire had no idea what she was doing half the time.
Anonymous 2016-08-26 15:39:47
Great cause, all the best on your trek ladies.
David von Kelaita 2016-08-24 21:21:55
Good luck ladies! Very inspiring.
Douglas Sutherland 2016-08-24 12:12:14
Good luck guys! So proud your doing this. No doubt you will smash it!
Stephen Williams 2016-08-13 19:25:16
See you Ladies at the Quiz Night
Scott Austin 2016-08-09 13:20:50
You ladies are doing a great job with your training for Kokoda. We are sure you will enjoy your efforts at the end of the Track. Thank you for supporting SoldierOn.
Denis Blakey 2016-08-08 09:51:14
Good luck see you on the quiz night
Natalie Dyer 2016-08-07 21:29:53
Keep up the amazing fundraising effort guys, and don 't forget to get out in this rain and do some training!! Stacey you 're really carrying Claire at the moment so extra kudos to you
Anonymous 2016-08-07 16:22:52
Well done girls keep it up
Drew Allen 2016-08-07 10:53:00
good luck see you at the quiz night
Anonymous 2016-08-05 19:23:06
Good luck Stacey and Claire! You girls are just amazing!!
Alicia Taylor 2016-08-02 21:12:07
Fantastic cause, good on you girls
Anonymous 2016-07-30 18:29:05
So Proud of your efforts determination to tackle the Kokoda track , in Loving memory of Aussie diggers who didnt come home . Great cause in supporting Soldier On . Wish you all the very Best om your challenge . Big Love !
Lindsay Goward 2016-07-22 20:18:31
Hamish Kinsmore 2016-07-12 23:49:38
Claire Stacey great cause that you are doing Kokoda for. Best wishes and good luck.
Susan Blakey 2016-07-11 18:08:00
Good luck Claire Stacey. Thanks for walking for a good cause. Love Debra, Paul, Thomas Edward
Paul Schefe 2016-06-21 13:49:51
Anonymous 2016-06-13 14:03:02
Best of luck with it all!
Micheal and Casey Seizovic 2016-06-12 23:34:16
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