WHAT A WALK: Felicity Fulcher, 15, walked the Kokoda Trail earlier in the year and met her school’s sponsor child. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERA LIFE-CHANGING experience walking the Kokoda Trail was made even more special for one Horsham student.
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St Brigid’s College’s Felicity Fulcher, 15, walked the track as part of a group which included her mum Kim, dad Miles and older brother Lewis, 22.

She was the youngest member of the group, while the oldest was 68.

Felicity said she learnt about the history of the track during the 10-day trek.

She said there were difficult times but it was worth it.

“It definitely was a challenge,” she said.

“Towards the end around day seven everyone started to get really tired,” she said.

“It was just keeping on, keeping on.”

Felicity said on day six the group visited the village of Efogi.

It was there she experienced the highlight of her trip when a group of school children sang to her trek group.

She said village residents also joined the group, including St Brigid’s College’s sponsor child Lydia. The college sponsors Lydia to attend school.

“I brought her a school dress and a hat,” Felicity said.

“The next day, she and her family came down and gave mum and me a bag each, which she had made herself.”

Felicity said meeting Lydia and listening to the children singing were the best moments.

“You had to hear it to know what it was like,” she said.

“Their singing was beautiful and was one of the highlights of the trip.”

Felicity encouraged other people to consider tackling the Kokoda Trail.

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