Speaking with Real Estate Business, Clare Seamer from Harcourts Mandurah said balancing work and training was a struggle in the preparation for the eight day long trek.
“It was a huge effort, it took about four or five months in dedication and preparation, but also sitting in work and other aspects of your lifestyle as well.
“But getting over there and hitting Kokoda, I was just blown away, I think I had a nervous breakdown on the first day! It was just daunting.”
Just before setting off, another group who had just completed the trek passed the Harcourts group.
“It was then we realised what we’d gotten ourselves into, it looked like [the other group] had been through the holocaust… and I thought ‘what have I got myself into?’”
In 2011, a group of Harcourts agents rode from Melbourne to the Gold Coast and raised $75,000, the goal this year was to double that to $150,000.
Ms Seamer and her team managed to smash their target and raised $160,809.85 for the charity.
“It’s become a bit of a competition, to outdo each other every year.
“But I don’t know how you can top this! I heard some whispers about another bike ride, but nothing solid yet.”
Mike Green, Managing Director of Harcourts International, said that the effort from those involved was as staggering as it was inspirational.
“Everyone put in a great deal of work, from the 20 hours each week for training to the additional time to promote the event and collect money, combined with the actual eight-day walk through the Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea- it was a magnificent effort,” Mr Green said.