Time again to lace up your walking shoes to support past and present Australian defence personnel for the BIBC 2023 Kokoda Challenge Charity Walk.

The aim of the challenge is to raise money for Wounded Heroes, an organisation that supports Australian servicemen and women with the financial, emotional and personal hardships that are often a part of military life. Wounded Heroes funds support services for deployed personnel, the wounded, and their families. Assistance can be as simple as food, fuel, telephone, or rent, but they can also provide solutions for the more difficult or ongoing issues with short-term emergency relief payments to individuals and their families.

Almost half of all veterans discharging from the Defence Force develop mental health issues within the first 12 months of their return to civilian life. In 2019, The Australian Housing and Urban Infrastructure Report found more than 20% of all veterans will report being homeless at some point in their life, compared to 13% of the general population.

The Kokoda Challenge is a personal walk covering 96km – the equivalent distance of the Kokoda Track. Depending on your level of fitness, the Club recommends participants could cover that distance in 24 days, which would be an average of 4km a day (which is the distance from the club to the bribie bridge and back).

You can choose to cover the 96km anywhere that suits, or you can join the set walking track along the waterfront walkway opposite the Club. You can record your daily distance at the Club’s Kokoda Challenge checkpoint which will be manned daily from 6.30am to 9am.

The Bribie Island Bowls Club’s Kokoda Challenge will run from April 1- 24 and entry is via a $35 donation to Wounded Heroes (which includes a supporters t-shirt). To register, just fill in the form below or visit the Club. To find out more about Wounded Heroes click here.