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Wellah Walks to Kokoda

 

With support from Our Spirit Adventures, Spark Health is excited to bring 'Wellah Walks to Kokoda', a health and well-being program that will build and inspire positive Aboriginal youth role models in the Western suburbs of Melbourne.

 

 In 2020 we are selecting Aboriginal females aged between 16-19 to become part of our 'Wellah Walks' program and take on the challenge to complete the Kokoda trail in Papua New Guinea from June 27th - July 7th.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST 2020 NOW OPEN!

Do you identify as an Aboriginal female living in the Western suburbs of Mebourne aged 16-19?
Are you wanting to meet and connect with fellow sister girls whilst building your leadership skills?
Are you interested in learning about the history and legacy of Aboriginal soldiers and want to follow their journey along the Kokoda track?
Are you up for the challenge?

Apply here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WellahWalk2020

If you have any questions, please contact Lena at lena.charles@sparkhealth.com.au

What even is Kokoda?

The Kokoda Trail is a trail in Papua New Guinea where the battles of World War II took place between the Australian and Japenese Soliders.

The trek includes challenging jungle terrain with various up and down hill climbs and multiple river crossings. 

The track starts in Kokoda and takes approx 10 days to walk the 97km journey up to Owers corner.

 

The Wellah Women will have the opportunity to:
-  Increase resilience and improve their health and well-being
- Grow leadership attributes
- Improve cultural knowledge and strengthen identity
- Learn about the roles Aboriginal soldiers have played on the Kokoda trail

 

Wellah Walk Workshops
As part of the program, the Wellah Women will be expected to attend a number of workshops and hikes in preparation for the trail in 2020. 

Wellah Workshop Key Dates Coming Soon. 

 Training Hikes: Happening in various locations in Victoria


Dates coming soon!

Kokoda Trail:
From June 27th - July 7th 2020 the Wellah Women will be setting off on the plane and heading to Papua New Guinea to conquer the Kokoda Trek!

WE DID IT!

 In 2019 we selected Aboriginal males aged between 16-19 to become part of our 'Wellah Walks' program and complete the Kokoda trail in Papua New Guinea during November 2019.

The Wellah Fellahs came together for 6 Wellah Together Sessions, 8 Wellah Walks Workshops featuring 5 awesome guest speakers and 4 training hikes across Victoria in prepartion to take on Kokoda.

On November 1st 2019 the Wellah Fellah Boys embarked on their journey to take on the Kokoda trail. The boys spent the next 10 days immersed in the footsteps and learning about the history of WWII and the legacy of many Australian Soldiers, including Aboriginal Soldiers Harry and Reg Saunders.

MEET THE 2019 WELLAH FELLAH'S

 

Wellah Walks Kokoda Spark Health

Wellah Walks Kokoda Aboriginal Spark Health

Wellah Walks Aboriginal Kokoda Spark Health