On Saturday 21 July 2018, more than 130 brave participants competed in Legacy Brisbane’s Canungra Combat Challenge, at Kokoda Barracks.

Teams competed to raise more than $80,000 for Legacy Brisbane to care for families of Australian Defence Force men and women who have lost their lives or health due to their service.

The Rapid Relief Team (RRT) was onsite at the Challenge on 21 July to hand out 350 hearty burgers to the participants, their families and supporters.

An initiative of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, the RRT is staffed by Church volunteers who provide catering services during a range of charitable events and emergencies.

The Canungra Combat Challenge is the only endurance challenge in the world to take place on an active military base and has been designed by members of the Australian Defence Force.

The challengers put their fortitude to the test over the 7 kilometre course and completed Soldier Exercises, the Memorial Bush Trail, and the Canungra Obstacle Course and river swim.

The Challenge included grueling activities such as a log carry, a trail through the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Memorial, balance walks, and coiled barbed wire fences.

Lloyd Grimshaw from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, said the RRT jumped at the opportunity to volunteer at the Challenge this year.

“The RRT is honoured to join forces with Legacy in supporting the loved ones of the courageous men and women who make the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” Mr Grimshaw said.

“We sincerely hope our quality catering will help the challengers push themselves throughout the day because no army can march on an empty stomach.

“It is within RRT’s Christian ethos to support with compassionate care our local communities in times of need and we are delighted to support Legacy and the Canungra Challenge in this way.”  

Every day in some small way, RRT volunteers offer a helping hand to those in need.

For more information about the Rapid Relief Team, go to https://www.rapidreliefteam.org/