Darren comes alive when he is in the ‘wild’. Outdoor adventure runs in his veins. He knows the importance of real relationships and values quality and efficiency. He’s a carpenter, a do-er, an abstract thinker, an ideas man. He knows about perseverance.
In the past 12 years he’s completed three Oxfam Trailwalker 100km events, The North Face 100km ultra-marathon and the Kokoda track.
He has a heart for young people. He’s been a RedFrogs volunteer Team Leader, worked at youth summer camps and for 10 years he has worked as a Team Leader for Operation Flinders Foundation which runs a world-leading wilderness adventure program for young offenders and young people at risk.
He is Remote First Aid certified, has a QLD Blue Card and a Certificate in non-violent crisis intervention.
For over 20 years Darren and his wife Leah have loved discovering the outdoors and have travelled most of Australia together and now travel with their four children.
Around the campfire, when the flames burn hot and low, if you ask Darren, he might just share some words that continue to shape his life. Words that are worth sharing.
‘Buck up! Do your damnedest and fight. It’s the plugging away that will win you the day.’ Robert W Service, The Art of Manliness.
‘The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.’ Theodore Roosevelt