Kokoda Trail 2018

By Scottish Pacific Business Finance

On April 24th 2018, 3 employees of Scottish Pacific Business Finance (Marcus Gray, Ben Milner and Chris Allchin) along with fellow trekkers will be setting out to walk the Kokoda Track.

The Kokoda Track or Trail is a single-file foot thoroughfare that runs 96 kilometres (60 mi) overland – 60 kilometres (37 mi) in a straight line – through the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea. The track was the location of the 1942 World War II battle between Japanese and Allied – primarily Australian – forces in what was then the Australian territory of Papua.

Hot, humid days with intensely cold nights, torrential rainfall and the risk of endemic tropical diseases such as malaria make it a challenging trek. Hiking the trail normally takes between four and twelve days; the fastest recorded time is 16 hours 34 minutes. We intend to finish the trek in 6 days in what will be very challenging weather conditions.

Why are we doing this you may ask? Aside from the personal challenge and sense of achievement when we "walk & talk" the final steps, our goal is to raise awareness and financial support to men & women around Australia who have been physically and psychologically wounded in the service of their country. Too often we hear of returning service men & women that have not found the support they need to adjust into everyday life as a regular civilian. 

Our aim is to raise $5,000 for Soldier On with every dollar donated spent on helping wounded Australians improve their quality of life through much needed counselling, professional support and rehabilitation. Such rehabilitation services might include a group activity or simply providing professional advice to a returning solider whilst going for a walk.

Please get on board our "walk & talk" campaign as we prepare to trek through the jungle of PNG.

Regards from Marcus, Ben, Chris and the team at Scottish Pacific Business Finance.

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You are a slob Allchin
Anonymous 2018-06-01 10:28:22
Great effort, great cause. Well done!
Dan Verdon 2018-05-31 18:33:55
Great effort boys!
Paul Birtles 2018-05-22 13:52:29
Superb Effort
Chris Dalton 2018-05-21 14:45:27
Well done guys.
Kevin Baptiste 2018-05-21 10:59:27
Ana Williams 2018-05-21 09:31:49
Well done mate!
Danny Tuttlebee 2018-05-18 12:14:03
Well done Allchin
Robert Grul 2018-05-18 12:04:37
Well done lads.
Oliver Casey 2018-05-18 12:02:52
Late donation but very humbled by what you three did. Great effort for a very worthy cause.
Paul Rossiter 2018-05-18 11:36:04
Well done mate. Amazing effort. Would love to do this one day. The soldier on guys do an amazing job.
Nathan Geale 2018-05-18 10:47:31
Nesrin Turan 2018-05-18 10:42:49
Congrats on all associates with your trip and for seeking sponsorship!!!
Anonymous 2018-05-03 19:10:33
Congratulations Guys Bet that first Beer went down real easy!
Robert Mackey 2018-05-02 21:41:14
Great work boys an excellent cause to raise awareness for.
Alex Thompson 2018-05-02 08:01:14
Chris, so proud that you are doing this. Hopefully not too eventful, just an amazing incredible experience. We wish all of the team a safe Kokoda trek. Karen Chris B
Karen A 2018-04-26 11:48:54
Good luck gents!
Wayne Smith 2018-04-25 07:57:22
Have a safe journey....
Anonymous 2018-04-24 19:41:42
Good luck Marcus!
Rodgers Reidy 2018-04-24 15:54:37
Scotpac Fundraising Event 2018-04-24 13:36:31
Best of luck Chris and your mates.
Ken Allchin 2018-04-23 22:47:20
So proud of you Ben. Love Mum xxx
Jane Ashley 2018-04-23 19:30:30
Heather Patterson 2018-04-23 19:07:09
YES BEN. And everyone else. Kokoda the sh t out of it. You will be amazing xx
Damaris Treasure 2018-04-23 17:42:09
Best of luck guys!!!
James Henry Bretnall 2018-04-23 16:13:12
Gents, What a worthwhile cause to support and bring attention to. I am sure it will be an emotional and ultimately rewarding experience for the 3 off you. All the best.
Drew Vautin 2018-04-19 11:29:21
All the best for next week guys and well done on what you have raised so far.
Rob Lamers 2018-04-19 08:08:46
Ben, Chris, good luck on the trek. Ben, if you can produce a photo of Chris in pain and or duress I will double my donation
Peter Ryan 2018-04-18 20:35:14
Good Luck
Lorraine Day 2018-04-18 17:02:28
All the best gents!
Greg Brown 2018-04-17 16:30:20
Be proud of yourself Chris love Gerry and mark too Lest we Forget
Gerry Sherlock 2018-04-17 13:17:39
Good on ya Chris! Bloody top effort doing this and we are all very proud!! Mon x
Monica Sherlock 2018-04-16 19:53:09
Go team! awesome cause
Anonymous 2018-04-16 15:01:44
Good Luck
Kate Fahey 2018-04-16 14:41:10
Good Luck Guys. Especially Chris who will need it more than Ben or Marcus.
Mark Wood 2018-04-11 14:31:46
Well done guys. Good luck!!!
Renee Di Caelo 2018-03-24 09:16:03
A great and worthy cause. Best of luck to the Scotpac Team.
Paul Jones 2018-03-23 12:49:02
Great cause Ben, all the best for the trek!
HelloCFO 2018-03-21 22:36:10
What an amazing challenge, good luck ben and the rest of the team!
Harriet Taggart 2018-03-03 08:58:56
alison taggart 2018-02-13 22:15:51
Well done fellas, great cause.
Geoff Chisholm 2018-02-13 08:34:19
Mansour Lawyers 2018-01-25 07:26:12
David Milner 2018-01-21 19:57:36
Amanda Bird 2018-01-19 13:55:09
Good luck To the entire team, great cause and a fantastic challenge. Hope to hear how you got on. Mark Lisa Cleaver
Mark Cleaver 2018-01-18 19:41:27
Good luck gents, great cause and should be challenging but all together a fantastic experience.
Matthew McDonnell 2018-01-18 15:25:37
Good luck fella 's, might of joined you till I saw the 6 day completion target. DC
David Craven 2018-01-18 11:58:01
Very proud of what you 're doing Marcus. A huge effort, hopefully a wonderful experience and a very well deserving cause. Kate, Heather, Ava and Oliver xxxx
Heather Hicks 2018-01-18 08:13:46
Good luck for the trek guys!
Kim Maisch 2018-01-18 07:56:06
You legend! We love you. Love the Coventrys.
Benjamin Coventry 2018-01-17 21:55:09
Best of luck lads.
Nick McGrath 2018-01-17 21:27:43
Anonymous 2018-01-17 12:14:18
Fantastic effort guys! Really support what you are doing .
Michelle Watson 2018-01-16 16:07:18
A great cause. I am sure you will enjoy the experience.
Tony Bell 2018-01-16 16:00:02
Brilliant guys great cause all the best and good luck
Steven Davies 2018-01-16 15:14:26
Well done guys! A great cause. It will be one of the best treks you 'll do.
Nino Williamson 2018-01-16 15:02:48
Naomi Smith 2018-01-16 15:00:18
Good luck with the Trek you certainly have a challenging adventure in front of you! Safe travels. What fantastic thing you are doing for yourselves and the charity you are supporting. I 'm sure you will all do great!
Alison Carlson 2018-01-16 14:58:24
Gavin Dudley 2018-01-16 14:54:49
Go for it Marcus! A great walk for a terrific cause. Won 't be a walk in the park but we know you are up to it. Love Mum and Dad
Paul Gray 2018-01-15 20:32:58
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