An Incredible Journey to Make an Incredible Difference

By Julia Eyles on July 23, 2012

Earlier this year a courageous group of people set themselves a goal of trekking through the jungles of Papua New Guinea along the Kokoda track.

Along with the physical demands of this trip the team also sought to raise money for The Harcourts Foundation on behalf of Beyond Blue, Australia’s national depression initiative.

A group of 20 Harcourts professionals from around Australia started the challenging training regime, kept in contact with each other’s progress, and motivated each other for the arduous hike.  Along with getting fit for Kokoda, each of the trekkers conducted a series of fund raising initiatives, targeting $150,000 in total.

Sausage sizzles, charity auctions and sponsorships as well as a number of other activities were used by the crew to generate some much needed funds for the national depression initiative.

Mike Green, Managing Director of Harcourts International, said that the effort from those involved was as staggering as it was inspirational.

“Everyone put in a great deal of work, from the 20 hours each week for training to the additional time to promote the event and collect the monies, combined with the actual eight-day walk through the Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea- it was a magnificent effort,” Mr Green said.

All the hard work culminated in the group being able to present Natasha Stott Despoja, board member for Beyond Blue, with a cheque for $160,809 at Harcourts’ recent National Conference on the Gold Coast.

Ms Stott-Despoya said that all the work that the group had put in was greatly appreciated.