Being a Principal - easier said than run

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https://www.kokodachallenge.com/blog/fit-principals-get-gold-star-for-fundraising

Preparing for the gruelling 96-kilometre Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge has proved extremely worthwhile for a team of local school principals.

St Bernard State School principal Adam Brandt said the team’s aim was to raise funds for Australian youth, all while spreading awareness of wellbeing for professionals in similar roles.

The team, made up of Adam along with fellow local principals Samantha Donovan (Norfolk Village State School), Scott Anderson (Pacific Pines State School) and Justin Kummerow (Beaudesert State School), have raised $5729 collectively and currently sit at the top of the Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge fundraising leader board.

STEPPING STONES: NORFOLK VILLAGE STATE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL SAMANTHA DONOVAN ON ONE OF THE TEAM'S TRAINING HIKES

Asked for tips on how to smash fundraising goals, Adam advised other teams to ‘get out there!’

“Ask companies. Use social media. Let them know your team’s ‘why’; why are you doing the challenge? Tell your friends, tell the world!” he said.

“To give the Kokoda Kids this opportunity will be life-changing; something that will help them in their schooling now and stick with them in the future.”

Adam first completed the Challenge in 2008 and said it had made a huge positive physical and mental impact on his life.

“We’ve really enjoyed sharing the positive purpose to support the Kokoda Youth Foundation, and putting ourselves through a gruelling event to support a program that can make a difference to the lives of students,” he said.

GREAT OUTDOORS: ADAM BRANDT SAYS HIS TEAM LOVES THE COMRADERY OF HIS TEAM WHEN TRAINING AND DURING THE CHALLENGE

“I love having a goal to aim for, the comradery I get with my team and most of all, I love being out in a beautiful part of the Gold Coast.

“Training together gives us an opportunity to share stories, learn from each other but most importantly, laugh!”

Every dollar of Kokoda Challenge fundraising goes toward the Foundation’s Youth Programs, aiming to support and change the lives of Australian teens.

When asked what motivates him when times get tough during the 96 kilometres, Adam said he drew on the inspiration behind the Kokoda Youth Foundation.

“I reflect on how hard it would have been for the diggers and how easy I have it compared to them walking the 96 kilometres,” he said.

“I also think about the commitment I have made to others that I will finish, and I think about my family and seeing them at the finish line.”

“We applaud the efforts made by the Kokoda Youth Foundation, and can’t wait to see the staff, volunteers and Kokoda Kids on the big day!”

We're tackling the Kokoda Challenge to raise awareness, support the youth of tomorrow and help to give them the opportunity to flourish

Thank you to our Sponsors

$2.02k

The Enrgy Factory On Behalf Of The Flourish Movemen

Dear Sam, Justin, Scoot and Adam, we are so very proud to Sponsor you in doing this challenge. We wish you well and look forward to hearing all about it!

$1.6k

Coach Pty Ltd.

All the best from the whole Coach team.

$300

Teachers Mutual Bank

$260

Msp Photography

Go hard boys and don't forget the chafe cream!

$260

South Queensland Investment Solutions Pty Ltd

Good luck team principals

$250

Print Design Austrailia

Great effort guys. Good luck with the trek. Hope you all come back safe and well and consider printdesign for your next job!!

$104

Snowlife Tours

Good to support such a wotlrthehile cause!!! Good luck Scotty and team. Love the sour hues. Xx

$104

Garry Drummond

Good on you Adam for raising money for such a good cause!

$104

Martine Gill

Best of luck Adam and team. It’s a great challenge and experience!

$104

Queensland Teachers Union

$100

Kim Biggs

Great cause...fascinating country! Spent many days climbing mountains in PNG as a kid. Enjoy your tough adventure, Scott.

$100

Jason Smith

An inspirational story from a group of inspiring Principals. Wishing you all the very best! Well done Adam, Sam, Scott & Justin

$100

Queensland Teachers Union

$100

Qtu Qtu

$100

Qtu

$52

Brentan Palmer

$52

Peter & Dianne Kummerow

Hope you go well and last the distance

$52

Mark Breckenridge

Go you good things!!!

$52

Erin, Marty, Felix And Elliot Maywald

Go JK! Xoxo

$52

A Kotoda

$52

Judith Howard

Good on you, Sam!!!!

$52

Annette Fanning

$52

Anonymous

$52

Sheryl Franklin

In recognition of the enthusiasm and dedication of your team. The training you are all putting in is every bit as admirable as achieving the goal on the 'big day'.

$50

Bridgette O’donnell

Go Scott -you guys will be great

$50

Brad And Shaye Thompson

$50

Kyle Low

Good luck to my Princi‘pals’. Inspiring and motivating effort even before the challenge.

$50

Emma Dougherty

$50

Brandi Anderson

Well done Scott. Super proud of you for doing this and raising money for such an important cause. We love you. Love Brandi, Evie and Jack xx

$31

Brendan Creighton

You’re doing us all proud as usual! Good luck, you got this.

$26

Anonymous

Supporting Samantha Donovan on her run

$26

Blake

Go Sambo!

$26

Janelle Lindenmayer

$26

Tania Bell

Good luck !

$26

Amy White

Good Luck !

$25

Haylie Lack

$25

Darren Scott

So proud of you. Wishlist you all the very best.

$25

Alison Rhodes

$25

Anonymous

$25

Shannon Berge

$25

Shannon And Braith Berge

$21

Noel Kerger

$5

Rheahn Bell

Good luck Aunty Sam and team!!!