Alta-1 boys take on ultimate Kokoda challenge

IN TRAINING: Alta-1's Drew Harvey, Brody Winton, Matt Wall, Mackenzie Bell and Lachlan Layt are hard at work preparing to take on Kokoda later this year.
IN TRAINING: Alta-1's Drew Harvey, Brody Winton, Matt Wall, Mackenzie Bell and Lachlan Layt are hard at work preparing to take on Kokoda later this year. Paxton Roth

NOTHING these young men have faced in their lives will compare to the gruelling experience of the Kokoda Trail.

Alta-1 is taking a small group of its college students to Papua New Guinea on the trip of a lifetime.

Youth engagement officer Drew Harvey said it will be a challenge, both mentally and physically.

"For some of these guys that are really disengaged it would be a fantastic opportunity,” he said.

"We see this as an opportunity to re-instil some of the fundamental values that anchor our young people in life.

"Values such as mateship, courage, endurance and sacrifice are core to the Kokoda experience.

"Without a life-transforming experience the students that we work with are likely to remain caught in cycles of poverty, unemployment, crime and abuse.”

At a cost of $5000 a head, the boys are busy raising funds and getting in shape, with twice weekly training sessions thanks to the generosity of Onward Fitness.

To ensure they're fully prepared Drew, along with acting principal Matthew Vandepeer, put a call out to the community to get behind the boys and help provide equipment and funds for the trip.

"We need your support to be able to take theses students on a journey from adolescence to manhood, weneed your support to be able to change a life,” Drew said.

If you or your business can help, email Drew Harvey at

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