Emilio Barbieri

My chosen distance target: 96km.

My Activity Tracking

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234km

Goal to Kokoda

96km

You’ve conquered Kokoda!

Support my 96km challenge to save lives

This March, I am conquering 96km to support Soldier On's lifesaving mental health services and to honour our brave veterans and their families.

Why 96kms? Because that's the length of the Kokoda Track to symbolise the courage and sacrifice of our service members.

Please March On with me and support my challenge, and together we can save lives.

$37 can fund a peer support session to 3 veterans, giving a safe and supportive space and an important first step in gaining the help they need.

Thanks so much for your support and wish me luck!

My Achievements

I added a profile pic

Made a personal donation to my page

Shared my page on my social media

I received my first donation

$75 to fund a peer support session for six veterans to reconnect with their community

$160 to fund a psychology session to help a veteran on the path to recovery

$500 to fund a Pathways networking event for 25 veterans to help them secure employment

I reached my fundraising target!

I have completed 34.8km and reached Menari in the Kokoda track!

I have completed 63km and reached Templeton's Crossing in the Kokoda track!

I have completed 72km and reached Eora Creek in the Kokoda track!

I have completed 96km, the length of the Kokoda Track!

My Updates

Royal Coast Track

Monday 8th Mar

We drove down to the Royal National Park with 2 cars, and after leaving one of the cars in Bundeena, we started the hike off at 8:20am from the southern end of the track, Otford Lookout. The first part of the track is the most difficult, with some elevation and a rocky track, good think we started on this side! Once we were through the Burning Palms Jungle, scenery changes completely, and you get to the first beach: Burning Palms Beach.

Our first stop was at the Era Gully, a beautiful green patch with views to both Burning Palms and Era Beach. We ate something and put sunblock cream. The sky was clear, and it was warming up.

Past the Era Campground, you get to one of my favourite beaches of the whole track: Little Garie Beach, which has a lovely community centre (ph1, ph2). When I saw the mast and the flag, we did stop and spare some thoughts for the veterans that struggle with mental health issues, but also for all those people that struggled and still struggle with mental issues due to COVID lockdowns around the world, many of which are still ongoing. Additionally, I remember a dear friend of mine that I lost to suicide in July 2019.

Next is Garie beach, where you literally have to walk on the beach (ph3), and after that, it’s pretty much all boardwalk, which I don’t particularly like but it certainly makes the walk much easier.

We stopped for lunch in a beautiful spot right before Eaglehead Rock (ph5), where we even had mini waterfall running at our feet (ph4).

Then you get to Wattamolla, Marley Beach and finally the famous Wedding Cake Rock (ph6). Most of this part, is exclusively on boardwalk, quite easy, and the scenery is stunning. Finally, we got back to Bundeena, where our car was parked and our app marked exactly 26kms. We ended up having a relaxing dip at Bonnie Vale Picnic Area and then back to Sydney.

Totally recommend this hike but I must admit, on Sunday my legs were quite achey!

PD: you can find all the pictures on my fundraising page.

Thank you to my Sponsors

$38.63

Amalia Barbieri

Proud of you Emu! Siempre juntos! Te amo! Ama & Luis

$15

Mike Nieto

Hay tienes una pequeña aportación des de Barcelona para que sigas andando. Abrazo amigo

$31.32

Nicholas Simonovski

Awesome work brother!

$10.44

Mr Ignacio Russo

$26.10

Gonzalo Lopez Mujica

$20

Daniel Quel Galvan

Grande papurri!!!!!!

$104.40

Alice

Proud of you!! Love you! Alice xxxx

$52.20

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