Australian Mark Scholinz reaches half-way on trek across the Great Wall of China.

General, Media Releases article written on the 30 Jul 2007

Oxfam Australia supporter Mark Scholinz has walked 1978kms – almost halfway – along the Great Wall of China on a mission to raise money for Oxfam. If he successfully completes his journey, he
will be the first Australian to walk continuously from one end of the Wall to the other.
Beginning his trek in March this year, Mark has walked along mountain ranges, through remote towns and deserts. He has endured rain, heat, humidity and thunderstorms – not to mention Chinese guards, snakes and piles upon piles of rotting garbage. Making it all worthwhile is the spectacular scenery, the generous hospitality of locals and the knowledge that his efforts are helping to alleviate poverty.
An experienced adventurer, Mark has worked as a psychologist, criminologist and army officer in the past.
During his extensive travels, he became aware of the stark inequalities that exist around the world. He was moved to help reduce poverty and embarked upon the trek to raise money for Oxfam Australia.
Thanks to the generosity of Mark’s sponsors, 100% of donations go directly to Oxfam.
Mark’s progress can be tracked through his website ( which is updated regularly with photos, blogs and a map of the trek.
For more information or to arrange an interview call Melany Markham on +613 407 515 559 or +613 9289 9415.