Celebrities take on 100km Oxfam Trailwalker challenge

Media Releases article written on the 18 Aug 2016

Rake and Wentworth actor, Danielle Cormack, along with Cleverman and Janet King star, Leeanna Walsman are teaming up to take part in Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney starting tomorrow.

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney is considered one of Australia’s most challenging charity endurance events. Teams of four have 48 hours to walk or run 100km. In this year’s event nearly 2,000 walkers will take part in the event with an aim to raise more than $2 million for Oxfam Australia.

Completing their team, “The Wanderers”, are fellow celebrities Danny Clayton (Channel [V]) and Jackson Gallagher (Home and Away). So far, the teammates have raised more than $12,000 for Oxfam to help fight global poverty and donations are still open.

Ms Cormack said she was thrilled to be raising money and awareness for people in need.

“I have seen first hand how the money raised can provide, among other things, clean water and sanitation which is fundamental for good health,” Ms Cormack said. “Their work has been life changing for people around the world.”

Teammate Ms Walsman said she was also excited to take part in the event.

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to work with my team and this greater community of Trailwalkers who together are helping to raise awareness and money towards the work Oxfam does for poverty worldwide,” Ms Walsman said.

Teams walk from Parsley Bay in Brooklyn to Tania Park in Balgowlah Heights, winding through the beautiful Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Helpmann Award nominated stage sensation Debora Krizak is also walking in the event.

“I’ve decided to approach this challenge like a theatre opening night. You never know how it is going to go,” Ms Krizak said.

“When the going gets tough, I’ll think of those people who have to walk even further just for clean water or the chance to live a decent life.”

Her team, “Four in the Bush”, also include Shauna Baldwin, Fiona Applin and Craig Winter.

WHEN: Starts Friday 19 August – the teams set off in four waves from Parsley Bay in Brooklyn tomorrow at 7am, 8am, 9am and 10am and have 48 hours to complete the walk.

 Ends Sunday 21 August – Teams are expected to cross the finish line at Tania Park, Balgowlah Heights from around 7pm Friday night, through to Sunday morning.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Teams starting their 100km journey are available for photographs from 6.30am to 10am tomorrow at the starting line at Parsley Bay car park in Brooklyn. Teams will be finishing the event from tomorrow night until early Sunday morning at Tania Park, Balgowlah. The Wanderers and Four in the Bush both set-off at 7am and will be available for media interviews.

To arrange interviews, or for more information, please contact Bianca Wordley on 0407 799 365 or biancaw@oxfam.org.au.