Our 93-year old Ambassador and friend Captain Bede Tongs MM shares with us what an ordinary week as an Amabassador of the Kokoda Track Foundation entails:
“One thing about being an Ambassador for The Kokoda Track Foundation is there is no typical week. A lot of things can happen in a week and there can be a lot of different weeks in a month, so it is best if I give an idea of what can happen.
Activities may be scheduled and unscheduled. Some are known weeks ahead and others result from a phone call or an idea I have.
A very important aspect is getting out into the community to talk about the Foundation. I have found that Rotary Clubs are very interested in what we do so I have spoken at Tumbarumba, Jerrabomberra and Orange. Services Clubs are also interested and that has taken me to Goulburn and Dubbo. I have a friend who is the Scouts Australia International Commissioner so I have spoken to a gathering of the State and Territory International Commissioners.
I am pleased to say that a number of young people have been inspired by me before and after walking the Kokoda Track. This has resulted in a number of visits to Kapooka Army Camp to be there when they march out. I also attend training courses at Duntroon for Army Reserve Officers when they are role-playing the Isuarava battle on the Kokoda Track…