The Kokoda Challenge is unlike any other endurance event. It asks participants to test themselves both physically and mentally while commemorating those who walked that fateful track, deep in the jungles of Papa New Guinea. The challenge is 96kms the same distance as the Kokoda track and the time limit is set in honour of the first Australian troops to bravely step forward, the 39th militia.
This year, the event will be held on the 19th and 20th of July, again set in the beautiful but unforgiving Gold Coast hinterland. It is this year’s Kokoda Challenge that Crema Espresso will proudly have five teams competing. It is Crema’s biggest fundraising efforts yet with each team expected to raise a minimum $1500 to participate. All proceeds go to the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program.
The Kokoda Challenge Youth Program operates over 14 months supporting teens 15-18 to not only contribute to communities in PNG but also back home. It is a cause that Crema Espresso Managing Director Antony Forbutt believes in full heartedly, “It is so exciting that Crema can be a part of such a brilliant program. It is about giving these young adults the opportunity to not only thrive and grow personally but to give back to communities,” said Mr Forbutt.
Behind the Crema Espresso team efforts is Franchise Operations Manager Scott Page. A regular on the marathon circuit, Scott was drawn to the event and admits he has always wanted to compete, “I have always loved running and marathons, but I admit that I find them lacking when it comes to the team atmosphere. When you are competing in a race, you are out there by yourself, for yourself,” said Mr Page. When he found the Kokoda Challenge and the team spirit encapsulated by the motto, courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice, he was sold.
Crema will be fielding five teams of four, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta and Echo. The training efforts were launched and celebrated with a breakfast last month at the Kokoda Memorial, Cascade Gardens, Surfers Paradise. It is only the beginning of the journey which will see team members follow a gruelling training schedule, only lightened by the great cause and Scott’s infectious enthusiasm. “Scott’s enthusiasm is unrivalled and we will need that during our first big group training session, climbing Mount Warning,” said Mr Forbutt.