Mark Hughes Foundation

Media Release

Chief takes on his next big challenge for the Mark Hughes Foundation, and wants you to join him.

Wild Spirit Adventures are proud to announce their next Coast to Coast adventure challenge, departing on 6th June 2016, which will see participants fundraising for the Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) in their quest to tackle brain cancer.

Paul “Chief” Harragon, and his former teammate and mate Billy Peden, were inspired to create and take on this epic adventure challenge for their great mate, Mark Hughes.

“I can’t remember the last time I have been so excited” said Paul Harragon. “The thought of being in the jungle of Papua New Guinea, taking on a once in a lifetime epic challenge that only a few people have ever done, is an amazing opportunity.

But the truly great part of this story is we are all there with a common goal to lift and push ourselves to new limits for our great mate, Mark Hughes, and his fight against brain cancer.

We plan on doing an adventure challenge every year to raise awareness and funds for MHF so they can do some magic and hopefully one day find a cure for brain cancer”.

Kokoda Coast to Coast challenge is a 284km epic journey by bike and foot from Buna on PNG’S North Coast where the team will ride to the village of Kokoda. From the Kokoda village, they will walk the inspirational Kokoda track, a 96km journey along the legendry track to Owes Corner.

The team will ride the final leg home by bike from the mountainous regions of Owes Corner to Port Moresby on the South coast.

This is a rare and life changing challenge that only a handful of people have ever completed! The dates of the Kokoda Coast to Coast challenge is 6th to the 16th of June 2016.

We are pleased to announce that Mark Hughes will also be joining Billy Peden and Paul Harragon on the Kokoda Coast to Coast challenge.

“To spend 10 days away with Chief, Billy and a group of likeminded people will be just awesome. I can’t wait. I really feel like this challenge will be life changing, a great focus, and will raise some great awareness and funds for MHF” said Mark Hughes.

We would like to invite anyone who would like to join them on this amazing once in a lifetime opportunity to please register your interest by ringing 1800 238 368 or email

Wild Spirit are hoping to get a minimum of 20 people to take on the challenge with the aim of raising $50,000 to help tackle brain cancer. All participants are asked to individually fundraise for MHF for us to achieve this goal.

All bookings for this challenge are to be made through Wild Spirit Adventures, and numbers are strictly limited. Register now, and help Chief, Billy and Mark tackle brain cancer.

Please contact Kris Buderus (MHF) at 0428 147 000 or for interviews with Paul Harragon or Billy Peden.