by Tristan Harley, CEO of Emu Trekkers.
There is no denying that the previous financial year (July 2019 to June 2020) was an incredibly tumultuous period that will forever be etched in our memories.
We would like to express our wishes to all those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, as well as those impacted by the bushfires and floods that hit our region in the summer of 2020. We thank all those who have helped preserve our communities and environment during these times.
For Emu Trekkers as an organisation, we began the financial year with significant growth in bookings and increased recognition for our unique, not-for-profit tourism model, based on the motto "Hike Australia, Help Kids".
Our hard work and success was recognised in November 2019, when Emu Trekkers won Gold at the New South Wales Tourism Awards for Adventure Tourism. We also reached a significant milestone of donating $100,000 to our charitable partners since our hikes began in 2017.
However, following these successes, we had to cancel many of our hikes when the Australian bushfires began. We then had to suspend our operations entirely in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic commenced. At the time of writing, Emu Trekkers is just beginning to emerge from hibernation and we look forward to resuming our hikes as safety protocols permit.
You can find out more about all our activities in 2020, including our financial statement, by downloading our 2020 Annual Report. Thank you for your ongoing support during these times.