Perth woman, Annette Milne, has set herself a challenge – to walk in all four Oxfam Trailwalkers this year, making her the first WA woman in the event’s history to do so.
Fellow walker, Marlene Prow, from Victoria, is also making the same attempt. Together, they will be the first women to walk all four events in one year.
Ms Milne, from the team In Hot Water, will walk 400km over the four events, plus countless hours training, and help raise thousands of dollars for Oxfam’s fight against poverty.
Oxfam Trailwalker is one of the world’s leading team endurance challenges. It takes place in Australia, India, New Zealand, Spain, Japan, France, UK, Belgium and Hong Kong. In the Perth event, teams of four walk either 100km in 48 hours or 50km in 24 hours.
Ms Milne, from North Coogee, has already participated in the Melbourne and Brisbane events and will soon take-on Sydney. In September, she will walk 100km through the beautiful Perth Hills, alongside three other team members – Marlene Prow, Libby Waugh and Geoff Whitworth.
She initially took on Oxfam Trailwalker as she was heading towards 50-years-old and needed a personal challenge. Now, she’s set herself an even bigger one.
“At the finish line of Oxfam Trailwalker Perth in 2013, I set a new challenge – that one day I would complete all four events in one year,” said Oxfam Trailwalker Perth Ambassador Ms Milne.
“Oxfam is for everyone. You don’t have to be the fittest person, but with determination and team support you can do this.
“It is an incredible event that allows you to take on a personal challenge while helping those living in poverty.”
She has walked in every Oxfam Trailwalker Perth since the event started in 2013.
Also participating in their fourth Oxfam Trailwalker Perth are Louise Jorgensen (Carramar) from the team Original Blazin’ Babes, Chrissy Miller-McKinley (Mosman Park) from the team Other A Triple C, and Jemima Immink (Cloverdale) from the team Tyrannosaurus Treks. Alongside their teams, they have raised more than $100,000 for Oxfam taking their first steps in 2013.
To date, more than 700 walkers have already pledged to walk or run the 50km or 100km event in Perth. Together they are aiming to raise more than $1 million.
Oxfam Trailwalker Perth takes place from 16-18 September with 100km participants walking from Darlington, and 50km walking from Chidlow, to the Federation Gardens at Forrestfield.
Registrations are still open to take part in this year’s event as a participant or volunteer. Or you can donate to one of the teams on the website.
For more information on how you can get involved, visit: www.trailwalker.oxfam.org.au.
To arrange interviews, or for more information, please contact Bianca Wordley on 0407799365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.