With results beyond expectations, Connor Brown explains how UON pulled together its Larapinta Trail Challenge.

[caption id="attachment_356143" align="aligncenter" width="887"] Twenty-seven volunteer Champions trekked more than 65 kilometres over five days[/caption]

In August 2017 the University of Newcastle (UON) held its second peer-to-peer fundraising challenge, the Larapinta Trail Challenge. Twenty-seven volunteer Champions trekked more than 65 kilometres of the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia over five days, raising funds to support Indigenous students and research for Indigenous community health issues. Our generous volunteer trekkers – the key to our success – were drawn from UON’s alumni, student, staff and local business communities.

The 2017 Larapinta Trail Challenge followed a successful fundraising challenge event in 2015 trekking the Great Wall of China. In embarking on these adventure fundraising challenges, our focus has been two-fold: to raise funds for causes central to UON’s mission; and to leverage existing relationships with alumni, students, staff and business communities to increase community engagement and the visibility of the impact of philanthropy…

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