Thanks to Panthers on the Prowl, six high school students today embark on a life-changing journey to walk the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea.
The young women are joined by a number of community and business leaders including Federal Member for Lindsay Fiona Scott MP, State Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies, Kathryn Garton of the McDonalds Garton Group, Vicky Dunne from Pepper and Deborah Robertston from TAFE NSW.
Panthers on the Prowl General Manager Brad Waugh will accompany the group on the eight-day trek, having previously completed the journey with a group of male students two years ago.
"I would like the girls to be challenged physically and mentally, but at the same time enjoy the mentorship and leadership training they will receive from successful women in our community," he said.
"I wish to thank all the Panthers fans who have supported us either directly or indirectly, and make special mention of the generous corporate support we have received to make this trip possible."
The Kokoda Leadership Program is part of a wider program that empowers young people, through mentorship, to move toward positive, successful pathways, including further study at university or TAFE or to take on new challenges, such as Apprenticeships or Traineeships.
Panthers on the Prowl programs are designed to engage and motivate young people, and build partnerships within the community that promote positive values.