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Become a Kosi Challenger and climb Mount Kosciuszko for Australians diagnosed with rare cancer!
The Kosi Challenge began in 2013 with Rare Cancers Australia’s co-founders Richard and Kate Vines embarking on the Parliament 2 Peak walk from Canberra to Mount Kosciuszko in an effort to raise awareness for rare and less common cancers.
Since then the Kosi Challenge has grown bigger than Richard and Kate could ever have dreamed.
Over 2,100+ Kosi Challengers in 10 years
In excess of $3 million raised for patients diagnosed with a rare or less common cancer
Over 450+ km's climbed for Australian's living with a rare or less common cancer
An estimated 520,000 Australians diagnosed with a rare or less common cancer since the Kosi Challenge started
For people living with a rare cancer, treatment options are limited and mortality is high. In Australia each year, around 52,000 people are diagnosed with a rare or less common cancer; 25,000 won’t survive. Coupled with the exorbitant financial burden of non-subsidised treatments and a lack of information and support, it can be a very lonely and uncertain journey.
No Australian should have to go through their cancer journey alone.
Kosi Challenge 2022
2021 was our biggest Kosi yet! On our 10 year anniversary in 2022 we want to go even bigger and better for those diagnosed with a rare and less common cancer. With restrictions on how many participants can climb Mount Kosciuszko, we are offering the first-ever Virtual Kosi Challenge for those who can’t join us on the day.
The challenge is simple: walk or run 25 km’s between the 1st – 19th of March in memory of the 25,000 Australians who lose their battle with rare cancer every year. Or for a harder challenge, you can choose to go further.
Kosi Challenge is an all-day event on Saturday, 19th March 2022. You can choose your own start time from the list below. Due to the high number of participants, it is crucial that you arrive 20 minutes prior to your start time to allow for registration and event briefing.
All walkers in all groups have the option of taking the chairlift down the mountain – this is complimentary. But only those who have prepaid and pre-purchased a chairlift ticket can take the chairlift up.
Go to the registration page. Online registrations close at 12pm on Friday 11th March 2022. Depending on numbers, event registrations may close earlier.
Registration for the Virtual Kosi Challenge will remain open until Saturday the 19th or March.
Discounted accommodation is available for participants. Please contact Nicole Thrum, Events & Groups Manager Thredbo, direct on 02 6459 4184 and mention Rare Cancers Kosi Challenge to receive your discounted room rate.
If you drive your car into the National Park you will be required to purchase a Parking Pass. The cost is currently $17.00 per car per day.
See website for further information.
The registration fee includes a RARE cap that you will receive on the morning of the event, as well as administration costs, event insurance, associated fees and promotion.
Since its launch in 2013, the event has raised over $3 million for patients and invaluable public awareness for rare cancers.
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