THE KOKODA YOUTH FOUNDATION AIMS TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE KOKODA CAMPAIGN, THE HEROIC DEFENSE OF AUSTRALIA AGAINST IMMINENT INVASION, AND THE SPIRIT OF OUR YOUNG SOLDIERS - FOR THE BENEFIT OF TEENAGERS TODAY.
The Spirit of Kokoda – Courage, Endurance, Mateship, and Sacrifice - was forged by the Australian troops from the 39th and 42nd Militia on the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea in 1942, during WWII. The Japanese had entered the war the year before after bombing Pearl Harbour, and had set about conquering a number of Southeast Asian countries before advancing to Papua New Guinea (Australian territory at the time) with the intention of invading Australia. It was only these young soldiers who were there to stop what seemed like an invincible force.
The timeless Kokoda values still have a profound impact on individuals, and are the basis of a healthy community. The Spirit of Kokoda demonstrates that when we work together, look out for each other, and show commitment to a task, things that at first seem impossible, suddenly become achievable.