2000 people challenging themselves to walk 100km in under 48 hours to raise $3.2 million for Oxfam Australia

Oxfam Trailwalker article written on the 24 Aug 2010

Oxfam TRAILWALKER Sydney, 27 – 29 August 2010.

What: In one of the most gruelling charity challenges, 500 teams of four will walk, or run, 100km of rugged Australian bush in the annual Oxfam TRAILWALKER. Their efforts aim to raise $3.2 million for international aid agency Oxfam Australia’s work helping people in poverty.

When: The teams set off in waves on Friday August 27 at 7.00am, 8:30am and 10:00am and have 48 hours to complete the walk. The leading teams are expected home in less than 13 hours (7.30pm).

Where: Teams will start at Brooklyn and will walk through the trail pictured, finishing at Georges Heights Oval in Mosman.

Who: Over 4700 people are involved in Oxfam TRAILWALKER Sydney 2010.

The 2000 walkers are of all ages and occupations – the youngest 18, and the oldest 68 –, and come from all suburbs in Sydney and some from across NSW and interstate.

Another 760 volunteers will work in roles such as podiatrists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, track marshals, drivers and a “sweep team” to clean up after the teams.

Another 2000 people will lose sleep over the weekend as support teams. They act as a lifeline to their four person team, providing them with food, band aids, hugs, clean socks – anything they need to keep walking.

So far TRAILWALKER teams have raised just over $2.1 million dollars.

Interviews with teams (who are still fundraising), Oxfam spokespeople and images of the event are available. For these, or more information, please contact: Charlotte Greig, Oxfam Media Liaison on 0404 111 919, email: charlotteg@oxfam.org.au.