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96km Kokoda Challenge
Four individuals who share a love of trail running. Forming a team to challenge themselves over the 96km and at the same time raising funds for the Kokoda Youth Foundation.
- Brad Duncan
- Lawrence Kranen
- Phillip Mcmullen
- Will Thames
Thank you for stopping by our Team's Fundraising Page.
By choosing to support the Kokoda Youth Foundation you literally play a vital part in changing the lives of Aussie Youth
It's one simple act of generosity and that's just the beginning.
Through the KCYP (Kokoda Challenge Youth Program) the Kokoda Youth Foundation aims to create an environment where this next generation can come together and make awesome things happen.
The Kokoda Youth Foundation (KYF) was born in 2004 when Founder and Chairman, Doug Henderson, OAM heard the remarkable story about the Australian Diggers who stopped the world in Kokoda in 1942 and the profound impact that campaign had on Australia. Doug felt compelled to start the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program (KCYP) to teach the next generation about the values and important life skills that our brave Australian diggers displayed. Courage, Endurance, Mateship and Sacrifice.
KYF is a registered not-for-profit organisation which hosts Australia's Toughest Team Endurance Series - The Kokoda Challenge Events in Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. (15-96km distances). In addition to the events, KYF also facilitates school based wilderness and adventure camps in Boonah. The funds raised through our trail events are then re-invested back into the KCYP.
KCYP is a 14 month life skills program for 15-18 year olds, affectionately known as our 'Kokoda Kids' (KK). These young adults all have unique needs and are at an impressionable stage in their lives where they'll be faced with real life choices that will shape their long-term futures.
Many teenagers in this day in age are battling anxiety, depression and figuring out that high-pressured question that schools and society can sometimes force upon them ... what do I want to do with my life?
KCYP helps bridge the gap between what kids learn in school and the critical life skills and qualities that will help propel them forward for their life after school. In the great outdoors and harnessing nature's healing capacity, KCYP teaches young adults about making positive choices, resilience, tolerance, self-worth, teamwork, hard work, good nutrition, exercise and leadership.
KCYP uses a strength and values based approach and teaches the next generation about the Spirit of the Kokoda Campaign and it's values: Courage, Endurance, Mateship and Sacrifice. This is done through a 14-month program with:
- Weekly training sessions (20wks) designed to develop physical + mental capabilities Peak experiences including the 96km GC Kokoda Challenge + PNG Kokoda Trail Two-Day Camp designed to help improve self confidence, worth and social skills
- Six months Community Service designed to teach them the value of giving back
Since 2004, KYF has changed the lives of 26,000 kids from all walks of life and backgrounds and through the Kokoda Challenge Events participants have raised $14M+ in support of the KCYP. You can hear their stories via the Kokoda Challenge YouTube channel.