Oxfam Australia Trailwalker Event

The Oxfam Australia Trailwalker event kicked off last Friday, in what is seen as one of the countries toughest team endurance charity challenges. 1200 people took part in some 300 teams, all of them looking to run 100kms in just 48 hours to help raise funds for Oxfam Australia’s life saving work, quite a feat!

Kicking off early at Mt. Glorious in Brisbane, the 300 teams, made up of four competitors, will travel the equivalent of more than two marathons simultaneously. The Trailwalker event was originally used as a military training exercise by Gurkhas, and this year will be it’s first time in Brisbane after 12 years in other cities. During this time, over $35 million has been raised to help Oxfam’s work around the world and in Australia to help people overcome poverty.

Oxfam Executive Director, Andrew Hewett, said –

Despite all the recent major catastrophes over the last year it is due to the outstanding commitment of Queensland participants and their generosity of spirit that we can hold Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane and raise vital funds for the work we do around the world. I cannot thank them enough for taking up the challenge. Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane is expected to be the most challenging Trailwalker held in Australia to date and we expect the spectacular mountainous bushland and fauna will exhilarate our walkers to go the distance.

Participants travelled through D’Aguilar National Park, Lake Manchester, through the Gold Creek and Brookfield, before finally climbing to the top of Mt Coot-tha to finish. Teams travelled from Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Christchurch, America, England and China to participate in one of Australia’s greatest team events in a great, if gruelling way to help Oxfam’s tireless work both at home and abroad.

Well done to all those that took part and helped raise millions for Oxfam Australia.

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