Months of training will be put to the test when dozens of McAuley College students and their teachers take on the 48km Kokoda Challenge on 16 July.
Six teams, each made up of four students and one staff member, plus the school’s first staff team, will test their physical and mental limits in what is described as Australia’s toughest team endurance event.
McAuley Principal Deidre Young, who is a proud member of the staff team doing the Kokoda Challenge, said preparations had been under way for more than six months.
“We started training at the beginning of the year, two sessions a week with four big walks of around 15 km each on a Sunday,” she said.
“We have organised a few fundraisers but most of the students have organised their own and have done an amazing job with that aspect.
“I am so proud of our staff and students who have shown an incredible commitment and courage to overcome significant hurdles to be well prepared for the Kokoda Challenge.
“Our bodies and our minds are ready for 16 July, ready to walk in the footsteps of those who have gone before and create a legacy for others to follow in the future.”
The Kokoda Challenge raises money for youth support charity, the Kokoda Youth Foundation, and encourages participants to honour the Kokoda diggers who fought for their freedom along the Kokoda Track in 1942.