Kokoda trek raises $21,940 for charity

Hayward Pool Products Australia

By Alice Richard
Monday, 19 June, 2017

Kokoda trek raises $21,940 for charity

Hayward Australia and Cooke Industries have raised more than $20,000 for Australian charity Soldier On after the companies’ managing directors completed the Kokoda Trail back to back to raise awareness and funds for ex-service men and women.

Hayward’s Tony Sharpe and Cooke Industries’ Cliff Cooke completed the 192 km trek in April and presented the $21,940 raised to Soldier On’s CFO in Canberra.

“Walking the Kokoda Track back to back was certainly a challenge and it was such a sensational feeling completing it. Knowing all the time [that] the reason for taking on this task was to raise funds and awareness for Soldier On helped us to push through,” Cooke said.

“To raise such a significant sum was very satisfying and I thank everyone for their kind support. The very successful Hayward promotion helped to significantly boost the total.

“The $21,940 raised will make a difference for our soldiers in need.”

Soldier On provides veterans and their families with mental health support, education and employment support, and reintegration support services to help them overcome any impacts of their service and build successful futures.

Main image: Matt Boyd with Tony Sharpe and Cliff Cooke at the completion of the trek.

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