In 2013, 40 people set out to climb a mountain. Their enthusiasm was abundant, their purpose clear; to raise awareness and funds for Australians diagnosed with rare and less common cancers. As a team they believed they could make a difference; that their actions would translate into better outcomes for the most forgotten group of cancer patients. They were buoyed by being part of the inaugural Kosciuszko Challenge and together they brazenly dared to contemplate its power and potential. But perhaps as individuals, during times of solitude, their confidence waivered, they were overcome by doubts or disheartened by the enormity of the task. They need not have worried. Their journey marked the beginning of a series of extraordinary adventures, each bigger and better than the last. Their small expedition was proof that from little things, big things grow…
In 2017, the fifth annual Kosciuszko Challenge welcomed 325 climbers and raised in excess of $140,000. These numbers are astounding and as an organisation, we are incredibly proud of this achievement. But behind these numbers lies something more remarkable. It is the heart and soul of the participants. Their drive and passion, their stories of despair and triumph, their motivations and their desires, all of which created an unstoppable energy only matched by the impressive contours and shades of Australia’s highest natural landmark.
It is only fitting that one of our biggest events is set upon the backdrop of a glorious mountain. Mountains are formed as the result of tectonic or volcanic forces. These rumblings and movements push the surface rock upwards, creating a landform higher than the surrounding features.
It is almost beyond belief, that a dormant stretch of land, once flat and unassuming, over time yielded enough energy to create an awe inspiring mass that would stand 2,228 metres above sea level. One can only imagine the sheer powers that colluded to give rise to Australia’s highest peak. When we reflect upon the magnitude of this, we should not be overwhelmed. We should be moved and encouraged, and we should foster a strong belief that we too can create mountains of our own; that our rumblings and collective voices can give energy and rise to a movement greater than anything we ever imagined.
Thank you to all the participants of the Kosi Challenge, past and present, for being our driving force and the power behind our growth. May we always aim high and may the mountains we create be forever strong and unwavering.
Number of Participants: 325
Money Raised: $140,000 plus
Pharma 2 Peak Champions: MSD Mountaineers $14,381
Highest Team Fundraiser: Team Cannings $7,410
Highest Individual Fundraiser: John Cannings $6,000
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Thanks to the following supporters: