Staff members from leading accommodation provider Oaks Hotels & Resorts, a division of Minor Hotel Group, have rallied together to push their bodies and minds to the limit in support of the Kokoda Youth Foundation, participating in the toughest team endurance event in Australia at the weekend, The Kokoda Challenge Gold Coast.
The ‘Wild Oaks’ team – consisting of Mr Dan Hastings, Chief Financial Officer; Mr Scott Cunnington, Manager of Owners; Mr Darren Goodall, Learning & Development Specialist; and Mr Raj Balaguru, General Manager of Information Technology – completed the grueling 96-kilometre challenge in 33 hours, six hours quicker than the allocated time limit, trekking through dense Gold Coast Hinterland and facing the added challenge of inclement winter weather.
A dedicated Oaks Hotels & Resorts support crew also donated their time to meet the participants at nominated check-points, including Mr Anthoney Jayasekera, Head of Digital; Mr Lachlan Rentell, Director of Wholesale & Trade; Ms Alison Briffa, Assistant Manager of Operations; and Mr Jason Wright, Marketing Coordinator, who were on hand to provide food, changes of clothes, medical attention and much-needed encouragement throughout the two day event.
As a result of participating in the epic endurance challenge, the team raised important funds for the Kokoda Youth Foundation, a not-for-profit charity organization that was founded by Vietnam veteran Doug Henderson OAM to assist young Australians from all social backgrounds in providing opportunities to learn key life skills and qualities. The youth program is underpinned by the core philosophies of the Spirit of Kokoda: courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice.
Chief Operations Officer of Oaks Hotels & Resorts, Mr Mike Anderson, commented, “We are so proud of our team who participated in the The Kokoda Challenge at the weekend in honour of the brave Australian diggers of the Kokoda Track and Pacific Campaign in 1942.
“Our participants overcame the toughest physical and mental barriers in the name of charity and we hope the monies raised will assist the Kokoda Youth Foundation in their incredible efforts to support young Australians through physical training, mentoring and community service.”