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Fundraiser of the Month – Shane Anthony

Shane Anthony

Cause: The Salvation Army
Adventure: Salvo’s ANZAC Kokoda Trek 2017
Fundraising Page: Everyday Hero
Social: @adventuresofmulti

As our Fundraiser of the Month, Shane has scored himself a $50 donation to his fundraising page. To be our next month’s winner, make sure you’re uploading your journey to social and use the hashtag #IveBeenInspired.

What inspired you to take on your first Inspired Adventure?

To journey the Kokoda Track has been something I have wanted to do for a long time, I never thought I would ever get a chance to go there, though.

Why did you choose to fundraise for The Salvation Army?

I have been involved with The Salvation Army for around 16 years in various voluntary positions. Through this I have seen first-hand the amazing work that we do, lives being transformed and hope restored, but that being said, the majority of our work could not be done without the amazing support and generosity from the community. I was extremely excited to find out there was an opportunity to journey the Kokoda Track and raise funds for the Salvos.

You are clearly really involved and invested in the art of giving back to the community, what do you think is so exciting about being able to take on an adventure as well as give to a cause you care about?

I think it is great because not only will there be a massive sense of achievement completing the Kokoda Trail but knowing that by doing this, many people will be helped with the funds that are raised. Every day, thousands of people are doing it tough, no home to live in, not sure where their next meal will come from. Knowing that some of these people will be fed, clothed, and accommodated is what excites me. It’s great to see my friends, family and community supporting me in raising funds for The Salvos.

"Knowing that some of these people will be fed, clothed, and accommodated is what excites me."

What are your total funds raised so far? Are there any key fundraising ideas that have been the bulk of your success?

As I write this the total funds I have raised so far is $1,394. Included in this was a sponsorship from Bluechip Roofing which blew me away, it was awesome to receive such great support and encouragement. I am yet to host any fundraising events, but so far social media presence, posting training session stats (maps, time and distance etc.) and photos of my journey on Instagram, Facebook and most importantly the Everyday Hero page has been great in raising awareness and has contributed to friends and family getting on board with their support. I have plans for a paintball fundraising day and a Talent Night in Feb/March 2017.

What have been some of the highlights of your fundraising experience so far?

Biggest highlight would have to be the first training session, ¾ into the walk, we came across a young woman who possibly broke her ankle. With no way for her to get down, we decided to carry her back down. Not the session we had planned for but it was amazing to be able to be there to help out. Ended up meeting a fellow Inspired Adventurer (Amanda) who was training for her trip to the Great Wall.

What have been your biggest challenges in taking on an Inspired Adventure? How did you overcome this?

I am quite a social person so I have found it challenging to do solo training sessions—fortunately, I have some awesome people who have supported me and come along for several hikes. I have found that even going alone, there are people to meet along the way, and everyone is really friendly and encouraging.

Have you noticed any changes or transformation in your life since taking on your first adventure?

I’ve noticed a drop in weight and an increase in fitness level. I’ve also started thinking about doing some more adventurous training sessions like Canyoning which is crazy because I fear heights and water. I think deciding to go on this adventure is helping and will help face some fears that have hindered me living life to the full.

"As soon as you decide to take on such a huge adventure, get out there and start training"

What advice would you offer to other people looking to complete a challenge like this?

JUST DO IT! As soon as you decide to take on such a huge adventure, get out there and start training… Train, train, TRAIN! The sooner you do it, the sooner you’ll start noticing the difference in your energy levels and you’ll feel great, half the journey is preparing for it, if you can build up your stamina, you will enjoy it so much more than if you’re constantly gasping for air. Find a support network who will go on training sessions with you or hold you accountable and give a bit of a boot up the backside when you slack off.

Just want to give a HUGE shout out to Bluechip Roofing Solutions for your sponsorship. Also a BIG thanks to those who have come out on hikes with me, Kirsten, Amanda, Andrew and Tania —your support is greatly appreciated.

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What you should know before tackling Kokoda

In 1942, the Kokoda Track area was the scene of bitter fighting as the Australian Army fought to defend Port Moresby from advancing Japanese forces. Today, walking the track has become a pilgrimage for many Australians, and those honouring the ANZAC spirit. One of the world’s great 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.

Whether you’re already registered for a Kokoda trip or are trying to decide whether you can do it or not (hint: you can!), we’ve put together a handy guide of things you should know before you head off to PNG.

The history

74 years ago, one of the bloodiest campaigns of WWII took place – the battle for Port Moresby. On July 21, 1942, the Japanese troops landed on the northern coast of what was then known as New Guinea and unexpectedly began to March over the Owen Stanley Ranges with the resolve of capturing Port Moresby. The most direct way across the rugged mountains was by a jungle path known as the Kokoda Track. Our brave Australian soldiers fought the Japanese and tried to keep them from reaching Port Moresby, and trying to push them back over the Owen Stanley Ranges to their north coast strongholds.

If not for our soldiers and their sacrifices, Australia would have come under dire threat, and probably would not be the same country it is today. Kokoda is arguably Australia’s most significant campaign of WWII, and more Australians died in the seven months of fighting in Papua, with the Japanese coming closer to Australia than in any other campaign. Over 600 Australians died and about 1,680 were wounded.

For many Australians, trekking the Kokoda Track is a way to pay homage to those who lost their lives protecting our country. Some trek in honour of family and loved ones lost, others trek to pay their respect. No matter what your reason for taking on Kokoda, it is as much a physical challenge as an emotional one.

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A typical day on the track

Most mornings it’s rise and shine at 5am, with breakfast served at 5.30am. You’re looking at cereal, bread, fritters and fruit when available. Teeth are brushed, bags are packed and you’re off trekking by 6am to take advantage of the cool morning temperatures. You’ll usually walk for about an hour and then take a 5-minute break and continue.

Morning tea offers a nice reprieve where you’re treated to tea, coffee, milo and much-needed snacks. You’ll trek for another 2-3 hours before stopping for lunch, which varies from noodles to salada biscuits, mountain bread, cheese, salami, tuna and fruit with tea and coffee. Then … more trekking.

You arrive at your campsite between 2-5pm depending on the pace of the group and the distance covered that day. You’re then free to shower, swim or relax before dinner, which varies from pasta with mince and veggies, fried rice, curry and casserole. You then have time to relax before doing it all again tomorrow!

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NEW GUINEA INDONESIA - JUNY 26,2012: Unidentified children play on the river bank near the village June 26, 2012 in Village New Guinea Indonesia

Respecting the land and local culture

Papua New Guinea is rife with colourful culture with over 600 islands and 800 indigenous languages spoken. The main languages spoken throughout PNG are Pidgin, English and Motu. The population currently stands at about seven million, with one third of the locals living in the rugged highlands. Traditional culture is very much alive with locals making a living from agriculture, gardening, fishing and crafting. Most of the land is owned by a community or villages, and often you will need to ask for permission to enter their land. It’s important you adhere to the customs of the people such as dressing modestly, respecting the local wildlife and not leaving a trace on the Track for minimal impact on the environment and communities. You will find most locals to be extremely welcoming and the village kids are always curious about new visitors!

PAPUA PROVINCE, INDONESIA -DECEMBER 28: The woman of a Papuan tribe in traditional clothes and coloring at New Guinea Island, Indonesia on December 28, 2010
ASIA INDONESIA WEST PAPUA (IRIAN JAYA) ASMAT PROVINCE 19 JANUARY 2011: Children asmat a tribe. Children of a tribe of asmats in a deaf forest small village see off a boat.

Top training tips

This is a big one: the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the trek. No matter what, it’s going to be tough. Each day you can expect long hours walking in the humidity with terrain that constantly ascends and descends, muddy tracks, trekking through and across rivers all with about 5kg on your back. So the more you train, the less you’ll struggle. Simple!

Try things like hill training and long (very long) bush walks. It’s also very beneficial to train with weights in a backpack to mimic the kind of weight you’ll be carrying on your trek. It’s quite hard to prepare for the humidity but you can try getting out and walking while the sun’s out and it’s hot.

Don’t be deterred ­– every years thousands of everyday Aussies just like you trek the Kokoda Track. Just remember that preparation (preferably 3 months beforehand) is key. Another thing to remember that will make your Kokoda experience that much better is – as the PNG locals say – is to remain relaxed.

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