It’s now that all the trekking companies are usually getting ready for the biggest month on the Kokoda Track – April.
All the villagers have been tidying up their campsites and the Kokoda Track Authority (KTA) have had their rangers and workers fixing and rebuilding bridges and sections of the track for months. But this year it will be very different…….
Each year, around 300 Australians make the pilgrimage to the Isurava Battle Site on the Kokoda Track for ANZAC Day. This is also complimented by the thousands who attend the commemorations at Bomana War Cemetery in Port Moresby who have either just finished or are just about to start walking the Kokoda Track.
So, what is happening now? Unfortunately, not much on the trekking and travel side of things but a lot of work is being done by the Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF) to help and support the communities on the Kokoda Track and beyond with health and hygiene.
The KFT are doing two things that can help everyone involved:
1. The KTF are supplying villages with as many resources that they can muster up to assist with teaching and learning around Covid-19 and how to prevent the spread in PNG. This is a huge program but one the KTF are able to execute given their amazing networks and passion. To assist with this, the KTF have started a fundraising page to help with their efforts. If you feel you would like to help in some way but you are not sure how, simply head to their site for details - https://ktf4pnghealthycommunities.gofundraise.com.au
2. To keep the spirit of Kokoda alive they are hosting an ANZAC Day Tribute featuring some of the Diggers who have attended the Ralph Honner Gala Dinner and previously unreleased footage of Isurava. It will be hosted on their Facebook page from 8am on the 25th April. We thought you might like to jump on as part of your ANZAC Day commemorations. The event link is here: https://bit.ly/2UPy6KS
What is our team in PNG up to? Luckily for some of you, you have seen the beautiful village of Abuari that our team calls home.
All our trekking family is safe and high in the beautiful Papuan mountains. Skyvan has moved back with his family while Big Ned is staying in Port Moresby with his family. We are in weekly contact and are supporting them as best we can.
As this month progresses, I encourage you to take a moment on the morning of the 25th of April to recognise the sacrifices made by those before us and remember that we WILL get through this challenging time and become stronger, smarter and more appreciative of the beautiful world that we live in.
*On Track Expeditions is a proud donating partner to the KTF. We support the people who work hard to improve the lives of others.