The Knox group on the Kokoda Track (Photo: Ryan Paul, Year 9)
During the holidays 10 boys, accompanied by History Teachers Mr Henniker and Mr White, travelled to PNG to take part in community service at Lelehudi Vilage in Milne Bay and to walk the historic Kokoda Track.
The boys stayed in the Lelehudi community and took part in village life. Knox has a longstanding relationship with the people of Lelehudi Village and the group were the first Knox group to see the new Aid Post, which Knox and UnitingWorld have funded, in its complete and operational state.
The second part of the PNG Service Expedition was trekking the historic Kokoda Track. The best word to describe the Kokoda Track is ‘relentless’. Climbing near vertical and long hills; descending again through slippery mud and steep gradients; battling mosquitoes, river crossings and the rain; and being out of contact with loved ones certainly ensured that everyone banded together to support one another as we moved over the 100km track.
The sense of jubilation and pride at the conclusion of the track was clearly evident in everyone as well as the gratitude and appreciation that each boy showed to the men from villages along the track who assisted as porters, cooks and general hands throughout the week.