350 teams to commence gruelling charity challenge: Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane begins tomorrow

Media Releases, Oxfam Trailwalker article written on the 14 Jun 2012

More than 1400 people of all ages will set off on a 100km walk tomorrow morning to raise money for Oxfam Australia’s work to fight poverty around the world.

In a test of both endurance and teamwork, participants need to complete the 100km trail through the D’Aguilar National Park in less than 48 hours in teams of four.

The teams set off in three waves from Mt Glorious tomorrow, at 7am, 8:30am and 10am, with the fastest teams expected to cross the finish line at Mt Coot-tha as early as 6pm tomorrow.

Most teams will take around 28 hours to finish the 100kms, with the majority expected across the finish line between 7am to 5pm on Saturday June 16. Some will finish on the early hours of Sunday morning on June 17.

At 79, Bernie Tobin from Bundaberg is the oldest Trailwalker in Australia, back for his third Trailwalker event; while Peter Worgan from NSW is completing his 20th Trailwalker. A committed team of teachers and parents from Milton State School, which was badly damaged in the QLD floods, are back for their second Trailwalker event, while Senator John Faulkner is participating in his 12th Trailwalker, having helped raise $250,000 for Oxfam over this time, with team the Tigers.

Event Coordinator Brett Long said there had been a great response to this year’s event, the second Oxfam Trailwalker to be held in Brisbane.

“An additional 70 teams are putting their stamina and teamwork to the test for a great cause in this year’s Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane event,” Mr Long said.

“As well as walkers from across Queensland and Australia, we have people taking part from countries as diverse as China, the United States and United Kingdom.

“This year’s youngest participant is just 18, while our oldest walker is 79 years of age.”

This year’s event aims to raise more than $1.2 million for Oxfam’s work to address poverty and injustice in 28 countries around the world.

In addition to the walkers, around 550 volunteers will work in roles such as podiatrists, physiotherapists, drivers and “sweep teams” to clean up after the walkers. Another 700 people will lose sleep over the weekend as support crews for each team, providing them with food, band-aids, hugs, clean socks and anything else they need to keep walking.

To donate or track teams over the weekend, visit http://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/brisbane/teams/team-tracker/

Picture opportunities of the teams starting their 100km journey are available from 6:30 – 10am on Friday June 15 at the starting line at Maiala Picnic Ground on Mt Glorious Rd.

Picture opportunities of teams crossing the 100km finish line are available from 9am Saturday June 16 at JC Slaughter Falls at Mt Coot-tha.

To arrange interviews with teams and Oxfam spokespeople or to obtain images of the event, please contact Oxfam Australia Media Coordinator Raina Hunter on 0402 145 820.