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Patrick Lindsay & farewell giftKOKODA TRACK FOUNDATION

THIS week, at the annual general meeting of the Kokoda Track Foundation, we bid a heartfelt farewell to our chair and co-founder, Patrick Lindsay AM.

Patrick stepped down after serving as chair for 11 years. Patrick was a founding director when the organisation was established in 2003 and took over as chair in 2006.

“It is an emotional and momentous day – the end of an era,” said KTF CEO, Dr Genevieve Nelson.

“We are so grateful for Patrick’s unwavering passion for the people of Papua New Guinea and his relentless efforts in guiding and growing KTF to where it is today. The organisation has evolved and grown significantly under his leadership”.

Since Patrick took the helm, KTF has raised over $8 million in donations and expended these funds on its aid and development activities in Papua New Guinea in the vital areas of education, health, livelihoods and leadership.

During this time, KTF has trained 715 elementary and primary teachers for Papua New Guinea, supported 155 teacher postings across rural areas and delivered educational resources on over 600 occasions to 45 schools along and around the Kokoda Track.

KTF has constructed the Kokoda College School of Education and School of Health, the Kou Kou Community Hall, and elementary schools in Alola, Naduri, Enivilogo, Efogi 2, Manari, Sanananda, and Buna villages.

It was Patrick’s vision and determination that saw the creation and delivery of the Archer Leadership Scholarships, named in honour and memory of the late Fred P Archer, a Coastwatcher in WWI and WWII, who believed in the power of education to transform the future of PNG. Seven years later, the program has changed the lives and futures of 42 young leaders from across PNG.

“Patrick’s vision and tireless determination enabled KTF to identify needs and gaps and then develop innovative solutions and ways of working to improve the lives of individuals and communities across PNG” said Genevieve.

“During Patrick’s service, KTF expanded from operating in the villages located along the Track itself, to now working in six Provinces across the country”.

Stepping into the chair role is director and long-time supporter, Ian Kemish AM. Ian is the former Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea and grew up in PNG. Ian will be supported by Elizabeth Carr as deputy chair.


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