Inspired by the Spirit
THE KOKODA YOUTH FOUNDATION IS A PUBLIC BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION FORMED BY FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN DOUG HENDERSON OAM IN JANUARY, 2005.
Doug was compelled to become involved in promoting awareness of the Kokoda Track after hearing a guest speaker at an RSL Conference speak of Australia's military history; in particular the battle of the Kokoda Track and the Pacific Campaign.
At the forefront of Veterans' issues for the past decade, Doug was profoundly affected by what he heard and wanted other Australians to know just how significant the Kokoda military campaign was to Australia's history. He believed that young Australians were the key to raising the profile of Kokoda.
The Kokoda Challenge Association was established in January 2005 with two main aims:
1. To educate youth and raise general public awareness of the gallant victory by Australian soldiers in 1942 on the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea – a victory which undoubtedly saved Australia from Japanese occupation, and
2. To identify young Australians who are at a crossroads, supporting them through the 12 month Kokoda Challenge Youth Program (KCYP). This requires commitment to a community program, requiring awareness of their place within the wider community and preparation for the challenges of life. The Kokoda Challenge Youth Program culminates in the participants using skills, guidance and training in order to undertake the challenge of walking the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea.
To enable Kokoda Youth Foundation to achieve these aims, it was decided that funds would be raised by conducting an annual event called The Kokoda Challenge, held each July in the Gold Coast hinterland. Funds raised from this event finance the KCYP, including: training and bush camps, and travel to Papua New Guinea to walk the Kokoda Track.
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