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Batchfire technician tackles 96km challenge for charity

Batchfire production technician and local legend, Adam Burling, has marched the equivalent of the Kokoda Track for charity – covering 96 gruelling kilometres across just three days!

Adam not only completed the arduous ‘March On’ challenge, he also raised a massive $11,500 for Soldier On and Children’s Cancer Institute.

The funds raised for Soldier On will provide 437 peer support sessions and 25 psychology sessions, while a total of 262 veterans will be offered employment support.

“These charities do such wonderful work in supporting our sick children and their families, and to help our serving and ex-defence personnel in overcoming mental illness,” Adam said in the lead-up to the challenge.

“The support both of these charities give to everyday Australians is amazing and truly deserving of any assistance we can give.

“Batchfire chipped in $250 for each charity too, which I’m really thankful for.”

The March On challenge is a ‘simulated’ Kokoda Track challenge, allowing people to do the 96km that Australian troops did during the Second World War from anywhere.

Adam chose to do the challenge locally but, despite having the full month of March to complete the 96km, he chose to do it across just a few days.

“So that I truly earn your support, and donation, I opted to do the march continuously, leaving after my nightshift on the 15th of March, and then marching for the next four days and three nights,” he said.

Originally the plan was to do the walk across four days, but Adam got on a roll and ended up knocking the challenge over in just three days.

“The initial plan was four days but I pushed on with it and finished it in three,” he said.

“It was tough going too. We had good rain earlier that week and that made the days really muggy, and at night dew set in.

“I only took a sheet to cover myself with and it ended up soaked both nights, so I ended up cold and wet and didn’t sleep all that well.

“The days were hot and the last day when I did the final 40km’s it was 36 degrees with high humidity, but I had set myself the task and I’m so grateful for all the support given for the two chosen charities.”

Adam made it back to Biloela on the 18th of March, just in time for his 50th birthday, with sore feet but a full heart.

“Thank you to my family, work colleagues, old friends from Longreach, mates I trekked Kokoda with, friends here in Bilo, the sporting groups who raised money, old acquaintances and past colleagues and honestly some people whom I’ve yet to have the privilege to meet, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU,” Adam said after completing the gruelling challenge.

An inspiration to us all, we extend our thanks to Adam for undertaking this challenge in the name of charity.

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