Trek for Troops

By Petra Galea

The Kokoda Trek has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.  Finally after many years of research, reflection and contemplation, I have booked and in June 2016 will be on my way to experiencing the true Spirit of Kokoda.  

My Grandfather was with the 2/9 Battalion and was deployed to the Milne Bay area in 1942 (after returning from the battle fields of Tobruk). It is here he fought in the Battle of Milne Bay, Cape Endaiadere, Buna and Sanananda. He was awarded the MID (Mention in Dispatches) at the battle for the Buna Air Field and during this battle advanced in rank from Corporal to Lieutenant in the period of 24 hours due to casualties sustained to his Battalion. 

Ironically on the 8th of September 1942 his Battalion was part of the first defeat of the Japanese Army and that same day was when the Japanese Army attacked Brigade Hill on the Kokoda Trail.

I see myself as one of the lucky ones, who had the luxury of learning from my Grandfather small snippets of his time serving our Country.  However I also saw snippets of the impacts that this service has on returned Service Men & Women, their families, relationship struggles, communication breakdowns and the ripple effect on their career and future prospects once active service is complete. 

With the prospect of a new generation of family members keen to take a career serving our Armed Forces, it is with eagerness that I dedicate my Kokoda Trek experience, to the support of our future, current and ex-service men and women by raising vital funds for “Soldier On”.

My goal is to raise $100 for every kilometer spent on the Kokoda Trek (96km), and to kick this off I personally have donated $10/km ($960) to my “Trek for Troops” campaign.   

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Merchandise Sales 2016-06-27 16:27:16
Merchandise Sales 2016-06-27 16:26:24
Good luck Petra on your adventure, no doubt it will be challenging but rewarding. Love to you Carmen and Kathryn xxx
Carmen Morrell 2016-06-11 09:04:08
I am really proud of you Petra, good luck for your trek of a lifetime.
Antoinette Baly 2016-06-11 08:39:48
Tyler and Susan Bengtson 2016-06-10 16:30:44
Go you good thang! Xx
Jessica Van Baar 2016-06-10 16:23:56
Cash - Donation Bucket 2016-06-10 15:31:01
Count Charitable Foundation 2016-06-01 10:35:39
Cash - Donation Bucket 2016-05-31 07:43:23
Dougal Rudd 2016-05-25 17:02:24
Amanda Wholff 2016-05-25 10:32:01
Dagmar Twyman 2016-05-25 10:30:19
What a great cause Petra. All the best on your journey. Many prayers and best wishes.
MAJES Electrical 2016-05-24 10:09:52
Trivia Night Raffles & Donations 2016-05-23 15:40:10
Glynis Watton 2016-05-23 15:36:54
Bruce & Carolyn Quinn 2016-05-23 15:32:36
Lawrence & Carmel Galea 2016-05-23 07:26:54
Good luck Petra and we look forward to hearing your journey.
Anonymous 2016-05-19 13:05:15
VVAA Bundaberg & District Inc 2016-05-06 09:18:32
Lions Club Bundaberg 2016-05-05 16:50:34
John Bigg 2016-04-26 17:37:32
J & R McCracken QLD Pty Ltd 2016-04-26 14:20:27
Go Petra! Wish I was doing it with you! Enjoy take in every single minute! Write a diary don 't forget to pinch yourself along the way! xxx
Anonymous 2016-04-20 21:44:00
Ingrid Roux 2016-04-20 15:35:04
Ingrid Roux 2016-04-20 15:33:10
Best wishes for your campaign
David & Mary Crickmore 2016-04-19 17:12:13
Cash Donations Tobruk Sunday Service 2016-04-11 14:51:27
John & Jan Canino 2016-04-11 10:00:00
Donna & John Canino 2016-04-11 10:00:00
Awesome work! Hope you achieve your goal!
Quinn Cramer 2016-04-10 16:14:48
An admirable gesture, and a worthy cause. We 're behind you every step of the way, Petra.
Shannon McBride 2016-04-10 15:08:22
Have fun Petra . What a great experience for you .
Ruth Mansfield 2016-04-09 07:51:05
Wishing you a safe and inspirational journey!
Zwynenberg Family 2016-04-09 00:12:10
Say hello to the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels
A.R.T. FENCING 2016-04-08 21:12:41
So so proud of you my beautiful friend. 3 3 3
Paul Box 2016-04-08 19:33:29
Petra Galea 2016-04-02 13:55:26
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