Kokoda trip, Adelaide, teenagers

An excited group of young people from Salisbury and neighbouring suburbs has been selected to tackle the Kokoda Track later this year, as part of their ‘Adventurous Journey’ component of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

The teenagers are all currently enrolled in Baptist Care SA’s Flexible Learning Options Program, which provides alternate pathways to work towards their SACE.  

‘Many of these young people haven’t left Adelaide, let alone Australia,’ explains Baptist Care SA’s Youth Employment, Education and Training Services Manager Nerissa Tiss. ‘This is a trip of a lifetime which will build their resilience, boost their self-confidence and challenge them both mentally and physically.’

‘I want to learn about the history of the track, the culture of the people and see the landscape,’ says 16 year-old Jared from Salisbury. He’s also excited about getting the stamp in his soon to be acquired passport.

Jared’s dad says the trip offers his son a ‘great opportunity’ and he thanks Baptist Care SA for helping Jared to overcome some challenges at school and to become more outgoing.

The Baptist Care SA group is one of only four Award groups from around Australia to be funded in 2017 to undertake this challenge as part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Made possible with funding from The Flight Centre Foundation, the $30,000 grant goes towards airfares, accommodation and travel insurance. Baptist Care SA and the young people need to raise an additional $30,000 by the end of August to fund equipment, food and other essentials needed during the 10-day journey.

The participants are planning fundraising activities which include a garage sale, a sausage sizzle, participation in the City to Bay Fun Run and a ‘mini Kokoda Trek’ from Mount Lofty.

They are studying at either Craigmore High School, Golden Grove High School, The Heights, Valley View Secondary College, Windsor Secondary Vocational College or Roma Mitchell Secondary College.

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