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The Gone Trekking Team had brought to her the happiest moment of her life

A team comprised of 8 Australians and 2 Callan Services staff (who help educate people with disabilities in PNG) undertook an 9 day experience called “Gone Trekking“. This saw them trek the Kokoda Track to raise funds for the great work taking place in PNG. Part of this included a new digital library at the Gerehu Inclusive Education Resource Centre (Port Moresby) and the expansion of the adult literacy, early learning, trade skills and sewing projects at the Saiho Community Based Rehabilitation Centre (near Kokoda).

The Callan Services staff members, who specialise in Ear and Eye work, also conducted free eye screening in remote communities throughout the trek.  In total, 24 individuals were screened, with a number of community members being diagnosed with a vision impairment and new glasses being issued, as well as providing referrals for cataract removal to others. Betty* who had not been able to see for many years, cried tears of joy upon receiving her glasses – now being able to see her grandchildren for the first time. The trekkers had brought to her the happiest moment of her life – she now saw everything as clearly as her childhood days.

*not her real name due to privacy

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On February 18, 2020
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