The Papua New Guinea Bishops' Walk, 2nd-16th September 2007; Gona Beach to Ela Beach by the Kokoda Trail, in Memory of Bishop David Hand's 1972 Walk and Launching the David Hand Memorial Trust Fund

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In 1972, thirty years after bitter fighting between the Australian and Japanese armies in the early days of WWII, Bishop David Hand walked the Kokoda Trail to raise funds for the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea. He was joined by the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Port Moresby in a gesture of ecumenical solidarity, honouring church workers who had been martyred in 1942.

After David's death in April 2006, the Anglican Board of Mission Australia (ABM) set up the Bishop David Hand Memorial Trust Fund, which - building on the original "Garamut Appeal" of 1972 - is hoping to fund a firm base for future mission and educational work of the Anglican Church in PNG.

Aiome Anglican High School and the Bishop David Hand Community (Primary) School, home of "Our Lady of Tsendiap", in one of the five most remote communities in the world, the Jimi Valley; and Newton Theological College, in a clearing in the jungle near Popondetta, along with the Melanesian and Franciscan communities of brothers and sisters who live nearby will all benefit directly from the Trust's funding.

In September 2007 the five diocesan bishops of ACPNG: Primate James Ayong and bishops Tevita Talanoa, Joseph Kopapa, Peter Ramsden and Allan Migi will recreate David's 1972 venture. They will be joined by Bishop Michael Hough, former Bishop of Port Moresby and now of Ballarat, Australia - launching the appeal on behalf of ABM. …