Join Turia Pitt and Interplast in repairing bodies and rebuilding lives

In 1942, the Kokoda Track area was the scene for bitter fighting. Today, walking the track has become a pilgrimage for many Australians, and those honouring the ANZAC spirit.

One of the world’s greatest treks, the Kokoda Track links the south and north coast of Papua New Guinea across 96 kilometres of rugged mountain terrain, tropical rainforest and unspoiled villages.

As part of this incredible adventure, you will trek the track by day, open to the harsh and inspiring beauty of Papua New Guinea’s tropical rainforest. At night you will stay in secluded camps, sharing stories with locals and falling asleep to the nocturnal sounds of the jungle.

Not for the faint-hearted, this truly is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure on which, with every step you take, you will raise vital funds to help Interplast repair bodies and rebuild lives throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Join Turia and Interplast in repairing bodies and rebuilding lives

According to the World Health Organization, 11 per cent of the global burden of disease can be treated by surgery.

In joining Turia on the Kokoda Track, with every step you take, you will raise vital funds to help Interplast repair bodies and rebuild lives throughout the Asia Pacific region.

For over three decades, Interplast has worked on the ground in some of the world’s poorest countries to provide free surgical treatment and facilitate safer, healthier and more sustainable healthcare initiatives.

With your support, our teams of volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals can continue to provide free surgical treatment to patients living with treatable disabilities.

The funds you raise will enable us to train the next generation of surgical leaders in the countries in which we work through education, training and mentoring programs that empower local medical personnel to perform life-saving procedures independently.

We have achieved so much together. But we can do more.

We constantly receive requests for assistance from all over the world and have more volunteers offering their services than we can send on funded programs.

We are only limited by funding. Will you help us continue to repair bodies and rebuild lives?

Trek the Kokoda Track with Turia:
My name is Turia Pitt and in September 2011, 65 per cent of my body was burned as a result of a grass fire during the Kimberley Ultramarathon.

It has been a long, cruel journey to get to where I am today, but I consider myself lucky. We live in one of the best countries in the world, and our standards of medical care are extraordinarily high. It’s something we think little about and often take for granted until we really need it.

My reconstructive surgeon, Professor Peter Haertsch, has volunteered for Interplast every single year for the past two decades! To me, the Interplast volunteers are miracle workers—they donate their time and expertise to people who really need it in developing countries.

I was fortunate enough to travel with Interplast on a humanitarian mission in 2014. On this trip I met a farmer, Chezong, who had burns on the back of his legs and who had severe contractures, a tightening of the skin after third degree burns.

He couldn’t stand and he couldn’t walk—meaning he couldn’t work or provide for his family of six. After the Interplast team operated on him, his legs were straight for the first time in five years! Now Chezong is walking around and back at work.

It’s examples like these that illustrate why I’m so passionate about Interplast. The work that they do is 100 per cent life-changing.

That’s why in 2016 I will be trekking the Kokoda Track to raise vital funds for Interplast. I hope you’ll join me! All the money we raise will go towards the work of this incredible organisation, and empower people across the Asia Pacific region to rebuild their lives.

Join Turia and Interplast in repairing bodies and rebuilding lives

Dates: 23 May – 2 June 2016
Registration fee: $770 (non-refundable)
Fundraising target: $5,000 (excludes travel)
Travel cost: $4,946, including taxes (can be fundraised)
Fundraising levy: $125 (in addition to travel costs)
Trip duration: 11 days
Challenge duration: 9 days
Accommodation: Twin-share in 3 star hotels and comfortable camping
Minimum age: 18 (younger ages considered on application)

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Is an Inspired Adventure for me?

Of course! We have had adventurers aged 16 to 84 take part in our charity challenges, all united by their sense of adventure.

Our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. What better motivation is there to get fit than knowing you are doing it for an important cause!

Upon registration, we will send you an Adventure Pack filled with advice and resources on preparing for your adventure. While fundraising and fitness are your responsibility, our expert team is here to guide you to the finish line.

Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers and charity via email, phone and social media. We will also organise a get-together evening for everyone prior to departure (geography permitting).

What does it cost?

Let’s break it down. The cost of participating in an Inspired Adventure includes:

  1. The registration fee $770 is required to confirm your spot (non-refundable).
  2. The travel cost – Your travel deposit must be paid 6 weeks after registration. The final balance is due 90 days prior to departure (can be fundraised).

Many of our community fundraisers choose to fundraise their travel costs in addition to their donation. Alternatively you can part fundraise your travel costs or pay the full amount yourself.

How do I fundraise?

Past adventurers have successfully fundraised in many creative and fun ways. As soon as you register, your dedicated fundraising team will work with you to create a comprehensive fundraising plan and help you set up your online page. One of our fundraising coaches will contact you regularly with ideas, advice, encouragement—and plenty of inspiration!

For many of our fundraisers, achieving their fundraising target is as simple as reaching out to family, friends, networks and their community. From fundraising classics such as trivia nights, movie nights and sausage sizzles, to more out-of-the-box fundraising ideas, your fundraising coach is on hand to help you develop and implement the best ideas to ensure you reach your goal.

What's included?

Flights, accommodation, transfers and meals are generally included in trip costs, however this is dependent on the adventure you choose.

What's not included?

Flight to domestic departure city (if required)

Travel insurance (compulsory)

Vaccinations (if required)

Visa/s

Meals and drinks (excluding water) not mentioned in itinerary

Services, excursions or activities not mentioned in itinerary

Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature

Tips and gratuities

How do I register?

1. Enter your details in the form above to receive your information pack and booking form.

2. Complete and return the booking form to us at the email or fax on the form.

3. Or just give us a call on 1 300 905 188 

How fit do I need to be?

This adventure is ranked 5/5 (challenging).

Our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. Trekking the Kokoda Track is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy the experience.

We recommend that in the months leading up to your adventure, you increase your physical fitness with aerobic exercise. Walking, cycling, running and stair climbing will all strengthen your legs and improve stamina.

What is the minimum age and general age range of participants?

The minimum age is 18 years, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–70 and older take part in our charity challenges, all united by their sense of adventure.

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