Honouring Heros: Network Innovations Supports Kokoda Charity Expedition in WW2 Tribute

The Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, known as one of the toughest environments faced by WW2 soldiers, will soon be conquered by a group of serving military personnel and Brecon Mountain Rescue volunteers – a charitable initiative that Network Innovations US & UK Government is pleased to support with the aid of technology.

Participants from the UK, New Zealand and Australia will raise funds for two worthy causes: a military charity providing mental health counselling to military children, and Brecon Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT), to continue their charitable work.

Embarking on a trek through isolated and challenging terrain, there was one important consideration when planning the route: staying connected.

As a partner in always-available communications, Network Innovations has supplied a Shout TS handheld tracker – a pocket-sized, two-way satellite messaging and personal tracking device. Powered by Iridium’s Short Burst Data (SBD) service, it provides location tracking, two-way messaging and emergency notifications, keeping those equipped safe and connected throughout their journey.

The tracker will enable real-time monitoring for friends, family and sponsors, ensuring safety despite limited access to electricity and intermittent GSM connectivity.

Tony Talbot, our VP of Business Development (UK) commented, “As a loyal supporter of the Armed Forces Covenant, we’re committed to helping initiatives that involve the military community. We’re pleased to support the upcoming Kokoda Trek, honouring fallen soldiers and the work carried out by the charities involved. We're continually exploring avenues to provide both direct and indirect assistance, ensuring that we remain an active part of the community we serve.”

Brecon Mountain Rescue also has a close relationship with the Armed Forces. Situated in a Garrison Town with ties to military training areas, many of the team members have served in the military.

About The Challenge:

The Kokoda track region appears much as it did in 1942. Along the track, trenches and rusted weapons can still be seen. There are almost none of the facilities a tourist might expect to find: no electricity, no shops, and each madly rushing stream is crossed by means of a simple log bridge.

The trek will start from Port Moresby and end in Kokoda Village. Participants will then repeat the route in reverse, taking them through some of the most isolated and arduous terrain on the planet. Deep tropical jungle, hot and humid days, cold nights, and torrential rainfall present a difficult challenge.

Our team at Network Innovations looks forward to the progress updates and wishes those involved the very best of luck in this epic challenge!

Support Brecon Mountain Rescue Team: https://www.justgiving.com/page/huw-rogers-1709930186947


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