A PROMINENT Illawarra-based children's charity has been touched by the generosity of a young man living hundreds of kilometres away.
Brendan Inwood, 22, of Bathurst flew out last week to tackle the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, having raised $7318 for the KidzWish Foundation in the process.
The Shell Cove-based foundation aims to enrich the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children through various initiatives.
Mr Inwood visited their headquarters last Thursday to present organisers with the funds he had raised for them.
The power linesman was made aware of KidzWish's efforts by his friend Chloe Myer, the 2010-11 KidzWish Fairy, currently studying in Bathurst.
Ms Myer had previously undertaken the Kokoda Track, raising more than $10,000 for the charity.
"I was doing Kokoda already, so I thought I'd do it for a cause," he said.
Mr Inwood's efforts will enable 146 children to attend the 2013 Stockland KidzWish Christmas Party for 4300 special children and carers on November 21.
He raised the funds through a variety of fund-raising efforts, including organising a trivia night.
"I had leg problems as a child, which got fixed up.
"I had good help when I was young, so it's good to see there's people helping out kids out there."
Mr Inwood was excited, but also a tad nervous.
"I'm doing the original war-time trail, which is about 155 kilometres," he said.
KidzWish executive director Chris Beaven described Mr Inwood as a "fabulous young man", and was pleasantly surprised by the assistance from someone living so far away from the Illawarra.