Hyne Timber has once again presented a $10,000 cheque to the Rotary Club of Tumbarumba to assist in funding 14 Tumbarumba High School students participating in this year's trek of the Kokoda Trail.
Hyne Timber CEO, Jon Kleinschmidt said this is an excellent individual development opportunity with significant community support which Hyne Timber has proudly sponsored since its inception in 2007.
"This trek will be the sixth Kokoda Trail experience Hyne Timber has supported totalling almost 100 students.
"A number of those students to have benefitted from this experience over the years have been children of our employees and a number of them now work at the Hyne Timber Mill.
"It's a significant event for the town with two years of planning, fundraising and training leading up to the big two-week trek which puts resilience and stamina to the test." Mr Kleinschmidt said.
The year 11 and 12 students will walk the Kokoda Trail while experiencing local villages, exploring the Isurava Battlefield Memorial, the Eora Creek battle site, the Brigade Hill Memorial and many other historic sites. Upon completion, the students visit Bomana War Cemetery and the sights of Port Moresby.
Fundraising towards this biennial experience requires significant community involvement such as charity dinners and community functions, 'trekathons', catering for the Bridge Congress, Tumbafest food stalls, stage plays, clean up Australia Day and catering at the Lions Club New Years' Day BBQ.
Renee Moxey, a year 11 Tumbarumba High School student who will be participating in the 2017 Kokoda Trek experience said this has already been a significant team building experience,
"We have been working as a team to raise funds and physically train for the past two years in preparation for what lies ahead.
"It has already been a great experience and I’m really looking forward to the ultimate challenge of the trek and to learn more about its historical significance.
"The support of the community is amazing. We are really fortunate to have this kind of positive energy, coordination and team effort to provide such a unique opportunity for us.
"I know it’s going to be a real test both physically and mentally but what a great achievement to strive for." Renee (17) said.