Gosford RSL Club has announced its 2019 Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge participants.
This year’s successful applicants are: Brooke Chilvers, of St Joseph’s Catholic College; Adrian Crnalic, of Henry Kendall High School; and, Keegan Heeber, of St Edward’s College.
The Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge (KYLC) is a peer group leadership program established by the RSL and Services Clubs Association in 2004 and overseen by the KYLC Benevolent Fund.
The program was developed by, Charlie Lynn, of Adventure Kokoda, and involves an arduous 10 day trek across the original Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea, presentations at significant battle sites and discussions on sacrifice, courage, mateship, endurance and leadership.
It provides participants with a practical leadership experience based on the achievements and sacrifice of Australian diggers during the Kokoda campaign.
The trek takes place in the September school holidays each year.
This year’s successful applicants will join with many others from across the country to tackle the Kokoda Trail.
To date, more than 20 local trekkers have been sponsored by Gosford RSL Club to take the Kokoda Challenge and all have found it to be a life changing experience.
Gosford RSL Club is pleased to promote and support this youth leadership initiative, to the benefit of local young adults and to honour the sacrifice of those who fought in the Kokoda Campaign in World War 2.
This year, Kokoda Challenge Trekkers are raising funds for Network Kokoda.
Network Kokoda honours the war time legacy of our Kokoda Veterans and the Papua New Guinean wartime carriers through agriculture, education, health and leadership initiatives by partnering with the villagers along the Kokoda Trail.
Donations tins are located at the reception of Gosford RSL Club.
Media release, May 1
Jacquie Miller, Gosford RSL Club