Retreat Trekkers Complete Their Walk And Come Home

Retreat Trekkers

Retreat Trekkers

As you’d now know, the Retreat trekkers completed their walk on Saturday morning. They got up early and commenced the final ascent to Ower’s Corner. With a false peak blocking the view of the gateway signalling the end of the walk, it is not til they rounded a corner close to the top that they saw the ‘finishing line’ just ahead of them.

The porters were waiting for them at the top, singing as the trekkers passed under the archway. Bernie walked through last, bringing an end to 9 years of Centacare Kokoda treks.

The trekkers were met by a bus loaded with sandwiches, beers and bubbly, upon which they feasted before heading to the Gateway Hotel via Bomana War Cemetery. By midday, they were relaxing with coffees and hot chips at the Gateway.

Most of the group arrived back in Adelaide on Sunday night, and were met by a big crowd of relatives, friends, fellow walkers and supporters. No doubt they enjoyed their own beds and hot showers last night.

Thank you for taking this journey with us over the past three weeks. It was good to be able to pass on to the K12s so many messages of love and support from home.



If you’d like to support the Tribute or Retreat team for their tremendous effort or contribute to the fundraising efforts of a particular Tribute or Retreat trekker, you can visit these pages by clicking on the trekkers name below.
The Team
Alice Victory
Alma-Jane O’Donnell
Anne McEwen
Ben Clark
Bernie Victory
Bob Kass
Brenton Williamson
Brian Horan
Brian Schumacher
Catherine Norman
Chris Adey
Chris Horan
Corina Poole
Graham Peck
Ian Steel
James Trezona
Julie O’Leary
Lee Russell
Lindsay Ames
Liz Maddigan
Lyall Willis
Natalie Horan
Norman Tate
Paul Williams
Pauline Victory
Peter Scherer
Sam Pittolo
Steve Langdon
Zorana Bogatic

2 Responses to Retreat Trekkers Complete Their Walk And Come Home

  • …your looking at one very proud father!!
    Congratulations Ben for your outstanding achievement.
    Congratulations also to an awesome group of Trekkers worthy of any challenge you throw at them.
    Obviously, I wasn’t able to witness the exciting adventure, but it sure was exciting following the blogs thanks to Claire and Kathy.
    I think Danita would like to say in her words what inspired her about this magnificent trip.

  • Thank you for the updates Claire. I’ve enjoyed hearing about the K12s and remembering some fond memories.

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