To many of the Friends of the Heysen Trail, David is considered a quiet achiever. However he is clearly a deserving recipient of honorary membership of the Friends.
We welcome Ron Kandelaars as our new Friends of the Heysen Trail Ambassador. At the recent Walk for the Heysen event President Robert welcomed Ron into the role, and presented him with an Ambassador certificate. We all welcome Ron into the Friends family.
A family of five, including Eli, 12, Emily, 10, and Noah, 9, skipped school in favour of hiking the Heysen Trail. Along with their parents Luke and Erina, the were a world away from the classroom routine as they undertook a mission to cover 1,151km on foot over 56 days.
To start our final year on the trail we had an easy one-day walk – a catch-up for the postponed last walk in 2014. Our numbers had reduced due to a couple of our walkers suffering injuries in the ‘off’ season. So it was down to The Woods of Mount Crawford with a random assortment of teddy bears and a screaming baboon called Super Morris Major!!!
The Wandergruppe Bushwalkers of the South-Australian German Association (SAADV) are celebrating 15 years of membership in the ‘Friends of The Heysen Trail’, and with it, 15 years during which the Bushwalkers have been helping to develop and expand the Trail and boost its recreational potential.
The Friends of the Heysen Trail is privileged to have His Excellency as Patron of our association and we look forward to an opportunity to meet with him during his term.
The WEA Ramblers celebrated it’s 90th birthday earlier this year, remembering the occasion in 1925 when WEA students – then attached to the S.A. University – united to form a club to organise hikes, to enjoy the environment and to participate in conservation issues. The Club is now smaller in number but continues to organise fortnightly daywalks and the occasional long weekend ‘camp’ further afield. Individual members have always participated in trail issues, including the making of the Heysen Trail and continue this particular involvement by maintaining responsibility for Section 8 of the trail between Piccadilly and Norton Summit.
The origin of the Pathfinders Walking Program and its connection to The Friends.
Jack has been an active member of the Friends for well over 10 years working in the office in a very professional and business like way.
David has contributed greatly to the activities of the Friends. After joining he quickly became a Walk Leader and a Council Member, a role he continues in to this time.