Oxfam Trailwalker event needs volunteers

Media Releases, Oxfam Trailwalker article written on the 17 Sep 2014

Oxfam is currently looking for volunteers to help out at its Oxfam Trailwalker event in Perth from 9-12 October 2014.

The charity endurance challenge is on next month following the success of the inaugural event last year which saw more than 1500 people attempt the 100km journey.

Oxfam Trailwalker Perth Event Carrie Fletcher said with 1200 people doing the walk this year, the support of volunteers is crucial to the success of the event, which raised more than $1.5 million for Oxfam’s work supporting those living in poverty.

“Oxfam Trailwalker is recognised as one of the toughest charity events in Australia and we are putting the call out now for extra volunteers to support the walkers around the trail and at the checkpoints,” Ms Fletcher said.

“Events like this cannot be made possible without the support of volunteers, and walking 100km is no easy feat so the encouragement volunteers provide to our walkers is invaluable in getting them across the finish line.

“The challenge will start on Friday morning and all teams will have 48 hours to reach the finish line, but we’re looking for volunteers to assist from Thursday until Sunday morning (9-12 October) at various times and locations in the Perth Hills.

“Volunteer roles include trail marking, trail sweeping to ensure the track is kept clear, helping out at checkpoints and providing encouragement along the course – there’s plenty of ways you can get involved.”

Amy Jones, 27 of Byford, is an emergency nurse from Swans District Hospital who volunteered at the challenge last year.

“I ended up volunteering for Oxfam Trailwalker last year after I missed the deadline to register my own team. I had a group of friends completing the walk and wanted to be involved in some way,” Ms Jones said.

“I really enjoyed seeing the smiling faces of the walkers, I was at the 90km mark and seeing the enthusiasm and support was refreshing. Even after having walked that far, they were still patting each other on the back.”

After a positive experience volunteering, Amy has signed up to take on the 100km challenge with her team The Mountain Goats, a group of emergency nurses from the hospital.

“Seeing the perseverance and positivity of the teams at that point of the walk last year will definitely assist me with the physical and mental challenge we’re about to face.

“We are ordinary people that will achieve something extraordinary, we are ready for the challenge!”

If you would like to volunteer at the Oxfam Trailwalker in Perth from 9-12 October 2014, visit https://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/perth/volunteer/register

For more information, please contact Emma Whalan on 0418 873 782 or emmawhalan@oxfam.org.au