Helen and Wes Galletly, Ron Healey and Bernie Tobin are getting ready for the Oxfam Trailwalker 2011 in Brisbane.
Helen and Wes Galletly, Ron Healey and Bernie Tobin are getting ready for the Oxfam Trailwalker 2011 in Brisbane. Vince Habermann BUNTRA

Underprivileged set to benefit

BUNDABERG team of father and daughter Wes and Helen Galletly, Ron Healey and Bernie Tobin have already accomplished much together.

The experienced adventurers took the name Kokoda Survivors after the four slogged 96km through the Papua New Guinea jungle along the Kokoda Track in 1988.

Healey and Tobin were also part of the oldest team to complete the 2005 Melbourne Trailwalker in aid of Oxfam, finishing a sleepless trip in 30 hours and 22 minutes.

Funds raised from the annual event are used to fight poverty and injustice in underprivileged areas, and Trailwalker 2011 will be held in 15 cities across 12 countries.

Hong Kong, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Germany and Canada all have events, and for the first time, Trailwalker will be held in Brisbane on June 17, when the Bundaberg team will join forces.

Participants will walk, run or saunter 100km from Mt Glorious through the D'Aguilar National Park to Mt Coot-tha in a sleepless 48 hours, with Oxfam hoping to raise $1 million from the event.

Trailwalker started as a military training exercise for the Queen's Ghurkha Regiment in 1981, but it became so popular, Oxfam took it to the public.

All contestants commit to raising a minimum of $1000 for Oxfam, but Bundaberg's four representatives each hope to raise much more than that.

Tobin said apart from the satisfaction of raising money to help others, there was the personal satisfaction of completing a gruelling physical challenge.

Helen, the youngest member of the team at the age of 28, did not need any persuasion when her father asked her to join.

“I'm doing it to raise money for a good cause and to get some exercise with dad,” Helen said.

Anyone who wishes to donate or support the Kokoda Survivors can go to http://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/brisbane/ or call 36374647 or Tobin on 41593163.



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