Kokoda Trail trek a reward for John
JOHN Lynwood has never been overseas before, let alone on a plane, so he's pretty excited about spending 10 days trekking the Kokoda Trail in New Guinea.
"I'm looking forward to the trip, and to meet people from all around Australia," John said.
John, 18, has been selected for the Kokoda Youth Challenge, a community project organised by the Services Clubs Association, aiming to help disadvantaged youths take a positive role in the community.
Although as mentor to his peers at the Coffs Harbour Police Community Youth Club (PCYC), John has already started taking on that role.
Senior Constable Matthew Benson from the PCYC said John was an obvious choice.
"John's a leader, and a great communicator. He's a great asset to PCYC," he said.
Coffs Harbour Police Local Area Commander Paul Fehon also praised John's contribution to the PCYC.
"John is an example of how young people can make choices in their life, and has been rewarded for the great example he sets," he said.
"Thanks must go to the Ex-Service Club's generosity, which made this possible for John, and the PCYC staff and Aboriginal liaison officers, Barry Hoskins and Brett Davis, for mentoring and guiding John to this level of success."
The Services Clubs Association say that the challenge will make a major contribution to the community by creating young leaders, encouraging them to motivate their peers to have a positive role in the community and encourage participants to work with community leaders.