Australian Kokoda Tours Mental Health Collective Trek: October 08 2019

Australian Kokoda Tours is proud to support various causes and charity organisations through our Kokoda For A Cause initiative. Trekkers can opt to trek for a cause and raise their own funds, or take part in one of our special charity treks.

In 2019, our Kokoda For A Cause trek is in support of Black Dog Institute, an Australian organisation founded in 2002 who work for the purpose of creating better understanding surrounding mental health conditions, prevention, and treatment.

The Black Dog Institute improves the lives of those affected by mental illness through research into clinical treatments, increasing access to mental health services, and striving towards long-term solutions for the wider community.

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Our Donation

Australian Kokoda Tours is proud to partner with Black Dog Institute to offer the Mental Health Collective Trek, beginning on October 8th, 2019. For this trek, Australian Kokoda Tours will donate $250 to Black Dog Institute for every trekker who takes part.

Trekkers may also choose to raise funds and awareness additional to the $250 donation.

Dave Maione

Former Police officer and Mental Health Advocate, Dave Maione, is the Ambassador for this trek. Dave himself suffers from mental health issues and recently lost a friend who was a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) sufferer. Dave is trekking to honour his friend and is raising funds and awareness for Soldier On Australia. Soldier On work to mentally support those who protect and serve our country, helping them to secure a bright future post-service.

Dave has previously trekked Kokoda with Australian Kokoda Tours in 2018 and says that the trek helped him to regain control over his life after service. The trek allowed him to see his own mental struggles from a new perspective, allowing him to regain confidence, self-belief, and a renewed outlook on his life.

Dave thanks the Australian Kokoda Tours team and our Director Mick O’Malley for changing his life for the better and wants others to be able to have the same eye-opening Kokoda experience. Dave wants to help those who may also be struggling with mental health issues, in the way trekking Kokoda last year helped him.  

The Trek

The Kokoda trek itself is eight days long, plus an arrival and departure day. The Kokoda track is a single-file foot throughway that runs 96 kilometres through the Own Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea. Pricing, testimonials and trekking details can be viewed on our website.

There are limited places available for special Mental Health Collective Trek. If you would like to undertake the trek of a lifetime whilst raising funds and awareness for an extremely worthy cause, book now via our website, and select 08 OCTOBER 2019 (Mental Health Collective) when you book.

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