Kakadu trekkers get fighting fit for Save the Children

It’s nearly June, which means I will soon be off on a once-in-a-lifetime charity fundraiser – an eight day trek of Kakadu National Park. I’ve got my boots and my camera – and plenty of sunscreen.

No strangers to adventurous activities, Courtney and I met at a boxing gym where we helped out with corporate events. At a charity event for Save the Children no-one was surprised when I won a spot on the Born to Trek fundraiser - and as everyone knows how much Courtney loves a challenge, they weren’t surprised when she decided to join me.

‘Born to Trek: Explore Kakadu and Beyond’ is Save the Children Australia’s first domestic adventure volunteering program – with proceeds going to fund much-needed Indigenous projects. The trek will take us through dual World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park – an Australian jewel, and a place neither of us has ever been. We hear it’s beautiful and we’re really looking forward to experiencing the scenery and wildlife, and meeting the people there.

We each have a fundraising target of $4,500 which goes directly to Save the Children’s projects. The final full day of the visit involves a day at a Save the Children program in the Northern Territory where we’ll take part in the day-to-day activities and see exactly how these projects make a difference.

I had been looking at some overseas volunteering opportunities but when I saw the chance to do something here I jumped at the chance. There’s no place like home – especially when your home is Australia!

Yellow Water, Kakadu National Park | We're looking forward to checking out the wonderful sights of Kakadu

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Tiffanee Cook, Melbourne