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Charlie Lynn - Adventure Kokoda

Major Charlie Lynn at Isurava

Charlie Lynn established Adventure Kokoda in 1991 and has led 65 expeditions across Kokoda since then. During this time he has established close relations with the Kioari and Orokaiva people who live in villages along the Track.

Charlie is committed to the legacy of Kokoda which is about commemorating the deeds of our veterans and our PNG brothers during World War 11 in the Pacific area.

The primary objective of Adventure Kokoda is to lead trekkers safely across the Kokoda Trail and ensure they have an enjoyable and informative experience.

To achieve this goal the company engages professional trek leaders, many with leadership experience in the Australian Army.

Our PNG operations and trek logistics are managed by Warren Bartlett of Sogeri Enterprises. Warren first went to PNG as a Patrol Officer (or kiap) more than 40 years ago. He owns and operates Sogeri Lodge which is equipped with a VHF radio base station, satellite phones, landlines and back-up power. Radios and satellite phones ares manned on a 24/7 basis when Adventure Kokdoa groups are on the trail.

Charlie is the most pro-active trek operator on the Kokoda Trail and has created numerous initiatives to ensure the wartime heritage of the Kokoda Trail is protected. Over the past 21 years has:Sir Michael Somare and Charlie Lynn at presentation of Strategic Plan for Kokoda

Without Charlie Lynn's dedication to the people of the Kokoda Trail, and Papua New Guinea in general, and his assistance in early negotiations in the establishment of the Authority, the establishment of the Kokoda Track Authority and its future plans for assisting the sustainability of the Kokoda Track Tourism Strategy and its heritage, there would be no special purposes authority - it would still be sitting in limbo."

Sir Peter Barter, PNG Minister for Intergovernment Relations.

Charlie's greatest challenge has been convincing representatives of the Socialist Republic of Canberra of the need to protect the wartime integrity of the Kokoda Trail and to have it proclaimed as a National Memorial Park.

As part of Charlie's community obligation he has:Charlie Alfreda and Margaret at Isurava

  • Donated treks for fundraising benefits to Legacy, RSL 'Girl in a Million Quest, The National Heart Foundation, The Royal Blind Society, the Diabetes Foundation, the 'Humpty-Dumpty' Foundation and Lions International.
  • Sponsored disadvantaged kids from Youth Insearch and Camp Dare across the Trail as well as students from the University of Western Sydney and the University of Papua New Guinea.
  • Led treks from Youth Insearch, Camp Dare and Father Chris Riley's Youth Off The Streets Program.

During the devastating drought in Papua New Guinea in late 1996 Charlie launched a national drought appeal and combined with the RSL to raise more that half-a-million dollars. He visited remote villages in the PNG Highlands in army Blackhawk helicopters to witness the distribution of the food purchased.

Charlie is often asked to speak professionally on the Kokoda campaign. In the past he has donated his speaker fees to Youth Insearch, the 39th Battalion Association, the 2/14th Battalion Association and the Kokoda Track Foundation. Major Charlie Lynn and Major Chad Sherrin MM

In 1996 Charlie rediscovered the original Isurava battle site with the use of a global positioning system and reference to old 1942 maps. In 1987 veterans from the battle for Isurava visited the site for a 'last parade'. Their pilgrimage was screened on Channel 10.

In 2002 the Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon John Howard and the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Sir Michael Somare, officially opened a magnificent new memorial on the battle site. The memorial has four granite pillars containing the words 'Courage', 'Sacrifice', 'Mateship', 'Endurance'. It is a fitting tribute to those who fought in what has been described as 'the battle that saved Australia.

In 2004 Charlie established a 'Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel Scholarship Program' for the Kokoda Track Foundation. Students from village schools along the Kokoda Trail have been fully sponsored as boarding students at Sogeri National High School and Iaowari and Popondetta Provincial High Schools. John Galebe and Charlie Lynn

He has worked tirelessly to encourage Koiari and Orokaiva landowners and clan leaders to have their own representative organisation as part of a strategy to develop a self-sustainable future for them.

Charlie has been a tireless advocate for the PNG wartime carriers and his submissions to have a medal issued for their service was accepted by the Australian Government in 2009 and his proposal for an official Kokoda Day to be proclaimed was accepted by the PNG Government in 2010.

Charlie has been appointed to the Board of the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway at Concord. He is also the founding Chairman and current director of Network Kokoda - a foundation established to honour the legacy of our veterans through the protection of the military heritage of the Kokoda Trail and the development of Community Learning Development Centres in Papua New Guinea.Charlie Lynn at Abuari School

Charlie is a former army major with 21 years service. During his army career he served in Vietnam, Singapore/Malaysia with the ANZUK force and as exchange officer with the United States Army.

During his assignment with the US Army he completed the Special Forces Military Freefall course which involved HALO (High Altitiude Low Opening) tactical parachute jumps from 20,000 feet - at night.

He represented the army in Australian Rules Football, tennis, squash and marathon running.

In 1987 he held the NSW Ultramarathon record with a distance of 213 km in 24 hours. He was second in the Bathurst Centerary 100 km race which he completed in 8 hours and 26 minutes.

Charlie Lynn Lake Myola

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