Kokoda for a cause

IT promises to be the trip of a lifetime, retracing the steps of Australian soldiers in WWII.

A group of Limestone Coast locals, as well as some friends, will be walking the Kokoda Trail later this year while also raising money and awareness about a big issue - depression.

The group is raising money for beyondblue, an Australian organisation that provides information about depression to consumers, carers and health professionals.

Tickets for the trip have been paid for by each trekker so all money raised will go straight to the charity.

The idea came about after the March 4 funeral of Naracoorte man Matthew "Rowdy" Bartlett, who had battled depression.

"Rowdy was pretty well known and liked around Naracoorte, where a few of us are from, so we thought this would be a fitting way to honour his memory," group member Angus Dearlove said.

The group has nine days from their start date July 21 to complete the walk - through 96km of treacherous Papua New Guinean jungle from Kokoda in the north to Port Moresby in the south.

"Walking the track will be hard, but living with depression is harder," Angus said. "This is our way of helping out - raising awareness and a hopefully a bit of money."

For more information on the group's progress, or to donate, go here.

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