Classic Team Puts Spotlight on Youth with Kokoda Challenge Fundraiser
March 23, 2018 2:09 pm
A team of four staff from Gold Coast-based timeshare company, Classic Holidays, is leading the fundraising for the Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge to be held on 14-15 July, 2018.
The annual event, which supports the Kokoda Youth Foundation to help young people in need, has attracted around 300 teams in 2018 and is hailed as the toughest team endurance event in Australia.
The team from Classic Holidays, including Operations staff Phil Johnson, Solange Schuba, Adeline Kissel and Workplaces Support officer, Penny Angus, will tackle the 96km distance of the Kokoda Track through the Gold Coast hinterland within a time limit of 39 hours.
The idea was introduced by Phil Johnson, the team captain, who wanted to have a personal challenge, include a likeminded team and do good for others by fundraising for the Kokoda Youth Foundation. “We will be stronger for the challenge and we will be helping kids in need to participate in their fantastic Youth Program,” said Mr Johnson.
Classic Holidays CEO, Ramy Filo, said he was proud of the team’s effort and thanked those who had helped them get to the top of the fundraising chart, reaching the number one spot with $5,000 raised so far.
“The efforts of this team are truly inspirational,” said Mr Filo. “To take on this challenge as part of the what we stand for as a company is really the essence of our people at Classic Holidays.
“Our Classic community have dug deep, and with the support of our staff, timeshare industry partners and the wider community, we’ve been able to achieve this fantastic result several months out from the start line and will continue to do everything we can to keep raising funds for this great cause.”
Classic Holidays, which celebrates its 40th year in 2018, has been heavily involved with supporting youth in recent years, developing the Work Inspiration program for local school students and at-risk youth to participate in a workplace mentoring program at their Gold Coast Head Office, which has seen over 100 local students benefit from career support, direction and even employment placement.