What: In what is widely regarded as one of Australia’s most gruelling charity events, 500 teams of four will walk 100km of Australian bush in under 48 hours in the annual Oxfam TRAILWALKER.
Their efforts are expected to raise around $3 million for international aid agency Oxfam Australia’s work to help people in poverty.
When: The teams set off on Friday August 28 in three waves: 7.00am, 8:30am and 9:30am. The fastest teams should take around 12 hours to complete the course, and the slowest just under 48 hours.
Where: Teams will start at Parsley Bay, George St., Brooklyn and will walk through the trail pictured, finishing at Georges Heights Oval in Mosman.
Who: The 2000 walkers range in age from 18 to the oldest 73, and come from across NSW and interstate.
A further 2000 friends will act as support crews to the walkers. They follow them day and night, meeting them at checkpoints to provide them with food, band aids, clean socks and encouragement – anything they need to keep walking.
Another 800 event volunteers will also provide support as podiatrists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, track marshals, drivers and as “sweep teams” to clean up after the teams.
You are invited to send a reporter/photographer/cameraman to attend the start, finish or any point along the route of this event.
For interviews with teams, Oxfam spokespeople and images of the event, please contact Oxfam Australia Media Liaison Sunita Bose on 0407 555 960.