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Tough track tackled

Tuesday, 21st April, 2009

Walking the Kokoda Track was both physically and mentally grueling, but Rhiannon Massey is very happy she did it.

Ms Massey, an employee of the BH Community Credit Union, has just returned from Papua New Guinea as part of Credit Union Foundation Australia's Kokoda Challenge.

She raised $3,000 to take part, which went to help the development of the credit union movement across the pacific. She was one of ten Australian credit union employees who took part. "I had a really good time," she said. "We spent three days at Port Moresby at the beginning, looking at savings and loans there. That was definitely an eye-opener. Over here we get loans for anything, but over there almost everyone does it to send their kids to school." There was no easy way to sum up the nine-day trek of the Kokoda Track, Ms Massey said. "It's one of the biggest challenges anyone can tackle," she said. "It was difficult physically, but it's just as big of a mental challenge. "Most days we were up at 5.30am and walked for 11 or 12 hours. I'm really happy I did it. "We were a group of ten people and we met in Sydney beforehand. We walked as a team. If someone struggled we would help them out. "If you set your mind to something, you can achieve it."

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