Kokoda School Treks, wholly owned subsidiary of Getaway Trekking, has sent out a record number of school groups to Trek Kokoda this Jun/Jul 2017 with more to come later in the year.
In total, 6 schools from across Australia are undertaking the immense physical and mental challenge of trekking the Kokoda Trail with Kokoda School Treks, beginning June 25 with prestigious Melbourne-based Haileybury.
KST opted to utilise the world’s most popular social media platform, Facebook, to ensure parents, family members, friends and guardians remain connected to each school group whilst they trek Kokoda, deploying individual Events per school departure.
Australian Trek Leaders phone the Getaway/Kokoda School Treks Head Offices daily – where possible – with updates on track conditions, health and wellbeing of participants, location and speed of trek and staff members in Australia relay all information to those following the specific Events on Facebook.
Getaway Trekking’s General Manager, David Thomas, says using the platform as a means to provide information to parents and families is a ‘no-brainer’. “Facebook is as much a part of our culture as Google these days, with many parents of school kids already utilising the platform for themselves, let alone to keep up to date with their children’s lives.”, he says. “If we can make it easier for parents and families to remain in the loop with their children’s progress on the track, then it’s an absolute no-brainer! Most parents are, rightly so, ever so concerned their child is trekking in a third world nation and if we can alleviate those concerns by even 1% by using Facebook, it’s time well spent.” Thomas concludes.
Keep up to date with the progress of each Kokoda School Treks group using the links provided below;
Haileybury / Jun 25 – Jul 5
St Patrick’s College, Ballarat / Jun 27 – Jul 11
Casey Grammar School / Jul 2 – Jul 10
Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School / Jul 3 – Jul 14
Kununurra District High School / Jul 3 – Jul 15
Catholic Regional College Caroline Springs / Sep 28 – Oct 8