Two local high school students will ensure the tradition and sacrifices of Aussie Diggers lives on with a life changing and arduous ten day trek across the original Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea this September.
Josie Harrison (Cardiff High School) and Matthew Rankin (Glendale Technology High School) will experience presentations at significant battle sites and discussions on sacrifice, courage, mateship, endurance and leadership. At the same time the trek instils a commitment to community service, enhancing personal development by providing a unique opportunity to experience the same conditions under which our Diggers fought.
The Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge (KYLC) is a peer group leadership program established by the RSL & Services Clubs Association in 2004 and Cardiff RSL and the Cardiff RSL Sub Branch are proud to sponsor Josie and Matthew on this trek.
Cardiff RSL’s Secretary Manager, Ken Williams is delighted that Cardiff RSL and the Cardiff RSL Sub Branch are able to play a part in this important leadership program while reliving and educating local students of perhaps the most significant battle fought by Australians in World War 11 where more than 600 Australians were killed and some 1680 wounded.
The Trek will take place from 23rd September to 4th October.Photo: L-R
Ken Williams – Secretary Manager, Cardiff RSL Club
Greg McColl – President, Cardiff RSL Club
Matthew Rankin – Glendale Technology High School
Josie Harrison – Cardiff High School
Syd Lynch – Cardiff RSL Sub Branch