2800 people to walk 100km to raise $2.7 million for Oxfam Australia

Media Releases article written on the 13 Apr 2010

Oxfam TRAILWALKER Melbourne April 16 – 18, 2010

What: In one of the most gruelling charity endurance challenges, the annual Oxfam TRAILWALKER Melbourne will see 700 teams of four walk or run 100km of Australian bush in a bid to raise $2.7 million for international aid agency Oxfam Australia’s work to help people in poverty.

When: The teams set off on Friday April 16 at 7am, 8:30am and 10am and have 48 hours to complete the 100km trail.

Who: Over 6000 people are involved in Oxfam TRAILWALKER Melbourne 2010.

Among the 2800 walkers is Minister for Water, Finance, Tourism and Major Events Tim Holding MP.

800 volunteers will work in roles such as podiatrists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, trail marshals, drivers and a “sweep team” to clean up after the teams.

Another 3000 people will lose sleep over the weekend to act as a lifeline to each team, providing them with food, band aids, hugs, clean socks and anything they need to keep walking.

Where: Teams will start at Jells Park, Wheelers Hill and will walk through the trail pictured, finishing at Wesburn Park, in the Yarra Valley.

Interviews with Oxfam spokespeople and Trailwalker teams are available. For these or more information please contact Oxfam Australia Media Co-ordinator Sunita Bose on 0407 555 960.