Gaining a new-found respect for our Diggers . . . Coffs Ex-Services Club staff members Greg Engel and Michael Klas will next mo
Gaining a new-found respect for our Diggers . . . Coffs Ex-Services Club staff members Greg Engel and Michael Klas will next mo

Kokoda trek will test club employees



IT will be one of the most physically and mentally challenging experiences of their lives.

It will also be inspirational, fulfilling and something they will remember forever.

The fourth Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge will leave next month with 19 men and women tackling one of the world's toughest treks.

Among the group will be two staff members from the Coffs Ex-Services Club team ? gaming and compliance manager Greg Engel, and one of the club's new young employees, Michael Klas.

The 10-day trek will see Greg and Michael journey over the Owen Stanley Ranges in Papua New Guinea, learning of the deeds and sacrifices of young Australians who gave their lives for their country under the most horrific conditions.

Launched by the RSL and Services Clubs Association in 2005, the Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge is a community project designed to develop disadvantaged or wayward youth into the leaders of tomorrow.

The treks are led by ex-army major Charlie Lynn ? a veteran of 40 crossings of the track ? and his team through his trek company, Adventure Kokoda.

On returning from the trek, Greg and Michael will attend the Coffs Ex-Services Club Anzac Day luncheon, making a presentation on their adventures and giving patrons a background on the history of the Kokoda campaign in World War II.



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