Three young people have put their hands up to walk one of the most inhospitable tracks that has become Australian folklore.
The 96 kilometre long Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea is known as the place where over 600 Australian soldiers were killed and over 1000 wounded during World War II.
Matthew Haege, 18, Kym Glasson, 21, and Zac Whitehead, 16, applied for and scored the chance to take part in the Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge 2013.
Next month they will leave Australia to begin their 10-day trek along the rugged mountain track.
Orange Ex-Services’ Club chief operating officer Guy Chapman said the three were awarded a $5000 grant each to complete the challenge.
“They were absolutely fantastic applicants and were very deserving of the funding,” he said.
Mr Chapman the participants will learn leadership skills as well as be tested mentally and physically during the trek.
Orange Ex-Services’ Club president Peter Single congratulated the three young Australians for outstanding applications and commitment to complete the Kokoda Track.
“Walking the track will give these three young individuals an opportunity of a lifetime,” he said.
“[It will allow them] to better understand and appreciate the importance of the Kokoda, especially considering this is the 70th anniversary of the battle.
“The opportunity will also be a test of both their mental and physical strengths”.
Orange Ex-Services’ Club contributed $10,000 towards the grants with Cashcard ATM contributing the remaining $5000.