Oxfam TRAILWALKER Melbourne 2007 celebrates 5 years with the biggest team challenge event ever staged in Australia

Events, Media Releases, Oxfam Trailwalker article written on the 04 Feb 2007

Celebrating five years of exponential growth, Oxfam TRAILWALKER Melbourne is putting on the biggest TRAILWALKER event in Australia from March 23 – 25, 2007 when a record 600 teams will compete.
Oxfam TRAILWALKER is the world’s greatest team challenge. And it’s also one of the toughest. Supported by principal sponsor, State Street, teams of four commit to walking 100km in 48 hours. The event covers 100 kilometres of Melbourne’s most rugged and beautiful bushland, from Wheelers Hill to Wesburn Park in the Yarra Valley. Since 2003, 1500 teams have participated in this unique endurance event, raising more than $5 million for some of the world’s poorest people.
“Oxfam TRAILWALKER is so successful because of the wonderful participants and volunteers who drive it every year with their enthusiasm and support,” says Kathy McLinden, National TRAILWALKER Coordinator. “I urge everyone to get behind the teams in their fundraising efforts.”

Oxfam Australia is an independent, secular, non-government organisation working in 26 countries, including Indigenous Australia. Oxfam believes that in a world rich in resources, poverty isn’t a fact of life but an injustice which must be overcome. We work to end global poverty by saving lives, strengthening communities and campaigning for change.
"Oxfam Trailwalker is about ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” says Melbourne event organiser Lindsey Thomson. “It is an event that offers not only an incredibly satisfying sense of personal achievement, but is also an unparalleled opportunity to do something amazing for others.”

Global financial organisation, State Street, is the principal sponsor of Oxfam Trailwalker in Australia and Hong Kong. As Australia’s largest institutional investor and a leading bank and custodian, State Street provides investment servicing, investment management, research and trading services for the world’s largest investors. For more information, please visit their website at: www.statestreet.com.

For information about Oxfam TRAILWALKER Melbourne:
call 1800 088 110 or visit www.oxfam.org.au/trailwalker/melbourne
For media enquiries call:
Marlene McIntyre on 0407 515 559