A Special Kokoda 75th Anniversary Event
BE PREPARED TO BE INSPIRED
The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce & Industry is proud to announce details of the
PNG International Business Summit 2017 Gala Dinner. Join us as special guest host Kathy Novak chats with inspirational Australian veteran of the war in Afghanistan Damien Thomlinson.
Kathy Novak is a correspondent and presenter who has worked in newsrooms around the world for the past 15 years. Most recently, she has been reporting from Seoul, South Korea for CNN and Al Jazeera English. She was a presenter and reporter for Australia’s SBS World News and covered the last election in Papua New Guinea, travelling around the country from Tari and Goroka to Wewak and sitting down for interviews with Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
“A remarkable young man. Unstoppable.” – Ray Martin
“When we found out Damien’s story, it was like, ‘Wow, we have to get this guy on-board,’ and he was an example to all of us. Even shooting the battle scenes was incredibly coura- geous for Damien, since he had to essentially re-enact what happened to him.” – Mel Gibson
The story of Damien Thomlinson, an Australian veteran of the war in Afghanistan, is one that continues to evolve and inspire people around the world.
It was while serving in Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment that Thomlinson’s life was changed forever. In April 2009, whilst on night patrol in Southern Afghanistan, Damien’s unit drove over an improvised Taliban bomb. Damien suffered horrendous injuries in the explosion, which resulted in both of his legs being amputated.
With no time for self-pity, Damien threw himself into his rehabilitation and set about re-claiming his life, on his terms – a testament to his incredible drive and determination.
His inspirational mission has seen him undertake challenges that would faze an able-bodied person, let alone someone with prosthetic legs. He has even walked the demanding Kokoda Track – a 96km trek through the jungles of Papua New Guinea.
PNG INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SUMMIT 2017
BRISBANE CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE
TUESDAY AUGUST 22, 6PM
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