Profiles

Team Member – Brian Horan

 

Brian Horan
Brian Horan

A typical Anzac Day for us was to wake to hear Dad getting ready and leaving early for a big day with his army mates. Dad was one of eight children so we already had a lot of uncles and aunties. Now we had so many extras with his Army mates and partners who were all great people and were also so good to us all. My early Anzac Days were spent watching the March on television and going from channel to channel trying to see the 27th Scottish Regiment again and again. The good thing was you always knew when they were near (loved those bagpipes).
After the March I would watch the reserves play at Adelaide Oval and watch all the Hats turn up for the Anzac Day game between the previous Grand Finalists. (Now there’s a great idea).

Now that most of this great Australian generation has left us we need to be actively involved in keeping their deeds and their memory alive. Thanks to Bern and Pauline for firstly their enthusiasm and importantly great patience in continuing to walk Kokoda for Centacare’s Respite Homes. Also our daughter Jane K8, K10 for making us more aware of what a struggle it is for the families who desperately need this service.

My motivation to get through Kokoda will come from walking in the footsteps of those Great Australians but just as importantly keeping in mind the daily struggle other families go through when I am so lucky to have a healthy family and in comparison a charmed life.

If you wish to support Brian’s fundraising efforts together with wife Natalie you can visit their sponsorship website at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/brian_and_natalie_horan

Team Member – James Trezona

James Trezona

22/8/12 Part 1

It’s been 2 years now since the idea of going to Kokoda is now a reality. This profile of which I have been putting off is now well overdue. What will I gain from Kokoda and what will I miss. I’ll miss not sharing it with Katie. The hard work Katie has put in not only with the training but with the fund raising for Auricht house. Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about this even to the point of writing it on the walks. We don’t stop long enough though.

Kokoda was always on the bucket list but has shot up. Reasons why for me.. I have no relatives to follow in their footsteps. I don’t know what I will feel or discover. While walking everyone talks about how hard but not so much the feelings. Just recently I discovered we will be covered by a canopy most of the time so views are few and far between. Many go back a second time. Time will tell if the opportunity comes up again.

About me well my adventures in trekking began in 2004 with a trip to Katmandu. Kilimanjaro is on the list and Macchu Picchu however every year we hear more of others amazing adventures and the list gets longer. The overland in Tassie, and love to get back to New Zealand. I always say work gets in the way.

I wonder how I will feel and am I prepared. This is pretty serious ‘word omitted’. Test of everything physical and mental. The preparation is huge. We get to sleep at night and not worry about what may be. Saying all that I am determined to have fun and absorb the beauty.

I have met along the way many dedicated individuals and a team in Centacare who ‘care’ for others and in particular Auricht house. I have been involved in surf lifesaving since I was 9 but see there is so much more outside of this. Through the group I am so grateful to have been able to walk so much of the local Adelaide hills area. The question on everyone’s lips is will there be an extended Misery in 2013?

27/8/12 Part 2 – More real time.

Here we sit now with less than 1 week to departure. Rather be walking than writing. I wonder if time will go quickly on the track. I’m gonna need a couple of beers to finish this off. Definitely looking forward to some beers at the end. They say see yourself at the end and work back from there.

I decided not to read anyone else’s profile before submitting mine. I won’t be tempted to write something similar. Challenge to have my picture taken with every trekker 2012 and get to know them. What other challenges lay before us.

31/8/12

Just talking with my boss at work tonight… I like to talk in real time… it was coincidence as I sat with him to go over outstanding work for the next two weeks and he asked me why I was doing it. I couldn’t answer. He said what will you say to yourself when it gets tough and it is hard… what is driving you. Thinking about it is completing the journey. Sure there are many things associated with the journey but ultimately it is the personal satisfaction of getting to the end and completing it. Strange but it makes you think. Maybe a little too much. All things aligned we all come out the other end and as Katie and I were talking last night when I and others are finished many others will still be on the track working the retreat. Wish you all well and look forward to the short moment when we are all together.

James

 

You can support James’ fundraising efforts at  http://www.everydayhero.com.au/james_trezona_1

Trekker Profile – Pauline Victory

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Better late than never!

As I’ve said many times, it was never my intention to ‘do’ Kokoda.  I was happy in the fundraising role.  I have a great belief in the work that Centacare does for families, and the need for facilities such as Auricht House increases all the time.  What we do in the area of fundraising helps a little.

But in 2006 I climbed Kokoda with Joan Schumacher, Anne McDougall, Mark Black and others – and said “never again”!

In 2007, a vacancy needed to be filled, so I filled it – and said “never again”!

In 2009, it was our 30th Wedding Anniversary.  I was hoping for Italy, but Kokoda it was – for my last time!

In 2010, I continued to walk most Saturdays, was happy to do fundraising, organise shirts and cake – until Bernie, Lucy, Alice and others flew out.  And I thought, “I’m not doing that again”!

So towards the end of 2010, I started getting serious about walking and getting fitter, with the intention of being much better prepared than before for the climb.  Having the goal of a tough walk/climb is a great incentive, and I hoped that I’d be a lot better at those big hills in PNG in 2011.  And I was.

While I’m not a reader or watcher of war books or movies, I grew up in a family where WW2 played a big part.  My Dad was the youngest of 8 children.  He and his 3 brothers all joined up, served overseas and returned home.  Anzac Day was one of his most important days of the year.  Kokoda, and the battle sites along the Track, bring to mind very strongly the difficulties soldiers and others faced, to survive.  We have a chance to remember them, honour them, and pray for them.

Apart from walking the Track, there are the other bonuses of Lovelyn, baby Joan (soon to be a 6 yr old) and baby Michelle at Alola village; Cecily in Kokoda; the many lovely people along the Track; the villages; the beauty of the jungle; the quiet; and so much more.

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Living at our place, it’s impossible not to get caught up in all the ‘stuff’ of Kokoda.  It’s literally everywhere!

With some trepidation, after failing to finish Extended Misery, and having a somewhat interrupted training regimen, I’m looking forward to PNG  and going ‘on Retreat’ from September 14.

So here we go for the final Centacare Kokoda Trek.  What a time we’ve had so far.  And the only problem I see on our return, is finding new people in Adelaide to tell the stories to.

Pauline Victory

You can support Pauline’s fundraising efforts by making a donation at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/bernie_victory

Team Member – Norman Tate

Norm and Aleisha on K09

Walking the track in 2009 with my daughter Aleisha, Graham, Winnie and the other K09’s certainly has been one of the more memorable moments in my life-the fact that it is done to raise funds for Auricht House makes it even more rewarding. I have always had an interest in Australia’s involvement in WW2 and prior to my Kokoda experience I was aware of the fighting in New Guinea but not in any great detail-I have since made up for it and have read many books on the subject (2/3 through another at the moment). Having travelled to New Guinea brings a better understanding of the terrain that our soldiers fought in but certainly not the conditions that they endured and the sacrifices they made along the way.

It is amazing what you discover when you let your family know that you are going to New Guinea to walk the track….my mother dragged out photo’s of my great uncle who served with the 2/10th in New Guinea-wounded on the 28th December at Buna, he died New years Eve 1942 aged 28. Malcolm was a typical Australian larrikin who going by his service record possibly owed the Army money after all his fines for being AWOL during leave breaks (he never let discipline get in the way of a good time) – like a lot of young Australian men at the time Malcolm made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.  I am pretty sure I am the only family member that has visited his grave site at Bomana cemetery and will do so again this year hopefully with a better flower arrangement than what I grabbed on the way into Bomana last time.

I also discovered that my sister’s father-in-law was stationed at Eora Creek during the Australian advance and when the subject was raised Stan commented to me “you’re mad…you’d want to be fit” (at this stage beer drinking was my exercise of choice…thanks to Bernie I can now walk to the bottle shop and back). Stan found it difficult to talk about his time at Eora Creek however at a family gathering after we returned he dragged out a photo album that had pictures of him and his mates that he served alongside and still keeps in touch with, which made me feel quite privileged. Stan was inspiring to me during the 2009 walk which is something that I have mentioned on more than one occasion to his grandchildren (my nieces).

I am looking forward to walking the track again and will hopefully do it at a more relaxed pace and take a good look around-New Guinea has spectacular scenery and friendly people. Walking the track in reverse should also make the experience different and hopefully kinder on my knees…. I live in hope that the up’s are steeper and the down’s gentler…..if anyone knows any different please let me know on the 15th September.

Norm

If you wish to support Norman’s fundraising efforts you can visit the sponsorship website at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/bernie_victory

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