ANDREA DAVY | Daily Mercury (Mackay)
The pair is fundraising for the PNG nationals who are critically ill in hospital after being attacked by men with bush knives on the Black Cat Track.
Mr Ward, who owns Woodman's Axe Espresso, has donation buckets in both his stores to raise funds.
Mr Bennett and Mr Ward were both wounded during the attack and two men were murdered. Mr Ward described the injuries sustained by the PNG survivors as "horrific". And with limited hospital resources, they have a long road to recovery.
"I know some of them have young families - their wives have just had kids," he said. "If they don't get better they won't be able to work. That was their only source of income."
The wages earned by the porters were often used to support whole families and villages, he said.
Some of the group members were able to run into the jungle to escape the attackers, one is still missing.
Mr Ward has been in touch with his brave trek leader, Christie King, who will be donating the money she has earned from interviews to support the wounded porters as well.
In an email to Mr Ward she wrote: "It has been pretty full on still here. The boys are all in hospital but it is so basic we are struggling to get them the treatment they need.
"They all need surgery but the resources here are terrible."
Ms King said one of the men, Lionel, who was in a "very bad way" - had managed to make it through another night.
Mr Ward posted the message on the Woodman's Axe Facebook page, which has already received 7,000 shares.
There is also a condolence book for people who wish to send messages of sympathy to the affected families.