The passing Of Stan Bisset
Our good friend Stan Bisset OAM, MC, mid passed away on 5th October 2010 aged 98 years. His support of our project will be severely missed. Our thoughts are with his family.
Training for 2011 has begun.
August 22 saw the start of training for the 2011 group. Visit the 2011 pages to see how they progress. It has been very pleasing to see family and friends join the trekkers on the first few walks.
A story about us on the 'The Age' website - click here to access.
Jenny Blake has designed a new logo for the project. We are much indebted to Jenny for this great logo. Jenny has also walked the track and she has been an interested supporter of the project since its inception.
A new website will shortly be in existence, this new website will run in conjunction with this current website. It will be a vehicle to give our sponsors and supporters greater exposure and will encompass all our groups and show that the project is very much alive - the current address implies a completed event.
Bede Tongs visits again - July 2010
Bede and Garry Tongs made the trip from Canberra to reaquaint themselves with all their Tumba friends and to meet with the group preparing for the 2011 trek. Bede spoke to the students at the school and also to community members at the Tumbarumba Hotel. He spoke of his experiences of the Kokoda Track both in the war and post war years. Bede had all spell bound with his stories and his ability to remember events as though they were yesterday. Garry enthralled all with recitals of Bede's poetry, including the well known "What do you say to a dying man?". At dinner Bede's recent 90th birthday was recognised with a cake and a loud rendition of "Happy Birthday".
Wagga Xceler8 Group - March/April 2010
A group from the Wagga fitness centre Xceler8 is travelling to Kokoda during May with Charlie Lynne's 'Adventure Kokoda'. They have begun training 'Tumbarumba style' by joining us on walks over our training grounds. They will be regular visitors over the coming weeks. All are welcome to join them.
Tumbafest - February 2010
Once again the group found themselves selling pancakes (ice-cream & blueberry sauce) and talking everything Kokoda with the many interested passer-bys. The picture boards proved immensely popular, bringing back great memories for some or providing a glimpse of what it is like for those who are yet to take up the challenge. Twenty students have indicated that they are keen for 2011 and they showed their worth by manning the stall over the weekend.
Visit by Naden and Skyvan - January 2010
Dave Baker brought the boys to Tumbarumba for a visit. A few of us met them at Thredbo for a walk to the highest point of Tumbarumba Shire (Mt Kosciusko). Then it was on to Tumbarumba for a meeting with many of the 2007-2009 groups and the re-living of the treks through slide shows. The following day the boys enjoyed the spectacle of a camp-draft and a look around town. Another get-together (and more food),then they were on their way back to Sydney.
Outstanding News - October 2009
Our Kokoda Project has been recognised as an outstanding community venture. The strong partnership between The Rotary Club of Tumbarumba and Tumbarumba High School has been rewarded with a Schools First Impact Award. This award recognises strong community partnerships. The award is valued at $50000. A special assembly was held at Tumbarumba High School to announce the success. Nicole Killen, Regional Manager NAB was on hand to present the cheque. Also in attendance were many student and community trekkers as well as parents, supporters and corporate sponsors. The award will ensure the viability of student treks in 2011 and 2013. It will be used in part to reduce the cost to families through the purchase of necessary trekking gear (backpacks, sleeping bags and mats) for those participating in treks. It will also allow the update and improvement of emergency/medical equipment.
Participants will still be required to pay some of their own way and to undertake the necessary fundraising.
The organisers thank whole heartedly the Schools First organisation and their backers - the National Australia Bank, The Foundation for Young Australians and The Australian Council for Educational Research.