Testimonial by Dean Trevaskis, Ocean Shores, NSW

Our family trip to the Kokoda Track was everything I wanted and more.

Kokoda Track - June 2006

"Just wanted to say thank you to Aidan, Rob, The Legends and the entire team at Our Spirit for an experience I will never forget. Our family trip to the Kokoda Track was everything I wanted and more. Aidan's passion was infectious, his knowledge, research and presentation outstanding and his professionalism and management of the group gave us all a great sense of safety. Rob's medical expertise ensured we all felt safe and all made it through to Owers Corner in great shape. The respect and friendship shared with the Legends and villagers made us all feel like we were doing the Track the way it should be done. I personally felt I had the opportunity to experience and overcome the physical challenge, learn the history and feel the pain and sacrifice of both the Diggers and Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.

I also grew as a person and shared an experience with eight members of my family that has formed a bond between us that will remain throughout our lives. I saw many other groups on the track breezing through sacred sites like Brigade Hill and Isurava apparently oblivious to their importance. I saw other trekkers flown out and many obviously struggling to the point of hating the whole experience. I have no doubt if they had chosen to do Kokoda with Our Spirit their experience would have been totally different.

Thank you Aidan and Rob for getting to know us all, sharing your passion, lifting our spirits when we needed it and most importantly giving us the opportunity to understand the legacy of the men who gave so much on the Kokoda Track. Other members of our group have told me it has been the greatest experience of their lives. I have no doubt the best of our Kokoda trip is yet to come as our experience improves us all as people and passionate Australians. I have a strong sense that my connection to the Track is only just beginning. I feel compelled to pass the story on."

Dean Trevaskis, Ocean Shores, NSW

Testimonial by Various NSW Police 2006

Ok, about Kokoda, DO NOT go with anybody other than Our Spirit.

Kokoda ANZAC Trek - April 2006

"Ok, about Kokoda, DO NOT go with anybody other than Our Spirit. They took our Police Legacy Group in April of this year (2006) and it was simply brilliant.  We had a reunion on Friday night just gone and I enjoyed speaking to the other trekkers and hearing how the trip has impacted upon their lives.  One of the girls that I spoke to summed it up when she said nobody talks about the trip without making a comment about Aidan.  Once you walk with Aidan and share in this man's passion and unsurpassed knowledge you will know what I mean.  I have no idea about costs and how they might compare to other tour companies, but don't bother even wasting your time, this is not something you want to compromise on.

So was it worth doing?  Hell yes and I would do it again in a heart beat!"

Peter Baines, Inspector, NSW Police

“I had a great night and it was a fantastic opportunity to see everyone again and relive some the memories of the trip. I want to say a big thank-you for making the effort to be there that night. You mean a lot to all of us - especially me and it was fantastic to see you again. It reminded me that Kokoda will not be a distant memory but an experience which has made some impact, whether small or colossal, to every day since my return”.

Louise Griffin, NSW Police Anzac Trek 2006

Testimonial by Bill Johnson, Young, NSW

I was very impressed by how well organised the walk was, the competence and efficiency of all the Our Spirit team,

Kokoda ANZAC Trek - April 2006

I'd like to thank the team - Aidan, Rob, Richard, all the guides, and Kris, for a wonderful and memorable experience. …I was very impressed by how well organised the walk was, the competence and efficiency of all the Our Spirit team, and by Aidan's passion, commitment and knowledge. I was affected by the experience in many ways - the beauty of the landscape and the rainforest, and the friendliness of the people. I enjoyed the physical and mental challenge. Above all was the fact that we were walking the site of battles fought in conditions unimaginable to us. On the first night I understood how young and inexperienced soldiers could mistake fireflies for the Japanese, which I just couldn't grasp from reading the books. The visit to the Bomana War Cemetery on the last day of the walk was a sombre and fitting conclusion. Although I had high expectations of the walk beforehand, it was a much more moving and powerful experience than I could have imagined. I was, and remain, affected deeply.

After we finished the walk I spent a week in Goroka in the Eastern Highlands, where I was born, and my father died forty years ago. In the market on the first day I was in Goroka I met an old man who knew him. I was again overwhelmed by the friendliness of the people, and the beauty of the country.”

Bill Johnson, Young, NSW

Corporate Challenge - March 2002

Aidan, you are an inspiration – you help people achieve beyond their perceived limits”

“What this event taught us was that if we stick together, we come through together and we stay together. It was great. Aidan, you are an inspiration – you help people achieve beyond their perceived limits”

Mark Chrimes CEO Avanade

Testimonial by Mark Chrimes CEO Avanade

If we stick together, we come through together and we stay together.

Tassie Challenge - March 2002

“What this event taught us was that if we stick together, we come through together and we stay together. It was great. Aidan, you are an inspiration – you help people achieve beyond their perceived limits”

Mark Chrimes CEO Avanade

Testimonial by Phil Meyer, Marketing Manager, Microsoft

It was highly rewarding as an individual and as a team.

Tassie Challenge - March 2002

“It was highly rewarding as an individual and as a team, we overcame the challenge by working together and helping each other”

Phil Meyer, Marketing Manager, Microsoft

Testimonial by Steve Vamos, CEO, Microsoft (formerly CEO, NineMSN)

“it was amazing, we are all still on a high!!! Emotionally rather than physically….”

Testimonial by Simon Corah, CEO, M&C Saatchi

“It was brilliant we all had a magic time! !!”

Testimonial by Karl Henrik –Sundstrom, CEO, Ericsson

“The key to finishing the event is all about teamwork… Great organization, food, scenery, very effective team building event”.

Testimonial by Mark Pizzacalla, Finance Director, KPMG

“This event is a fantastic reality check… highly organised and totally achievable if you work together as a team”

Testimonial by Dr Kemp, Federal Minister for Education 2000

The Federal Government continues to encourage creativity in corporate philanthropy...

Simpson Desert - September 2000

The Federal Minister for Education, Dr Kemp has congratulated Vodafone and the other corporate sponsors in their support for the Extreme Corporate Challenge.

“The Federal Government continues to encourage creativity in corporate philanthropy. This is indeed a unique event and an excellent example of how large organisations can get together for a great cause,” the Minister said Andrew Bissex, Managing Director of Vodafone Australia, will be one of the participants in the Vodafone Extreme Corporate Challenge.

“This is an opportunity for us to get out from behind our desk, work up a sweat, and hopefully make a difference to the lives of young people in this country. Youth suicide is a growing tragedy, particularly in rural and regional Australia, and I am proud to be involved in an activity that seeks to prevent it,” said Mr Bissex.

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