Oxfam Trailwalker will get underway this morning, with more than 1,200 brave walkers taking on the 100km challenge through the Perth Hills from Darlington to Lesmurdie.
Over the next three days, more than 300 teams of four will attempt to complete the 100km walk in under 48 hours through rugged bush land to raise money for Oxfam Australia.
Oxfam Trailwalker spokesperson Jez Hunghanfoo said it’s exciting to be back in Perth for a second year following the success of the inaugural event last year.
“This is only the second time Oxfam Trailwalker has been held in Perth and it’s great to see teams back to give it another shot, and lots of new teams too,” said Mr Hunghanfoo.
“We have been blown away by the response we’ve had from Perth with so many people signing up to participate and volunteer in this fairly new event for the city.
“Australians have been participating in Oxfam Trailwalker since 1999, and during that time more than 52,000 people have taken part across Australia. It’s great to be back in Perth this year and watch the popularity of this event grow.
“Perth teams have really set the bar high when it comes to fundraising, having already raised $1 million for people living in poverty around the world.
“If they walk as well as they fundraise, we’re going to set some fantastic finishing times achieved this year!
“It takes months of preparation, planning and dedication to get to this point, and walkers will face a real physical and mental challenge in their courageous pursuit of the finish line. We wish them all the best of luck,” Mr Hunghanfoo said.
This morning, the teams will set off in three starts at 7am, 8am and 9am. The fastest teams are expected to finish at Ray Owen Reserve in Lesmurdie late Friday night, with most teams expected to finish between 7am and 9pm on Saturday.
To arrange interviews or for more information contact Oxfam Australia Media Coordinator Emma Whalan on 0418 873 782.