The fourteenth annual Oxfam New Zealand Trailwalker this weekend has raised almost a million dollars thanks to fundraising efforts from over a thousand participants.
Local Whakatane team “Lazer Photos & Cameras Deranged Four” powered through the 100km to cross the finish line first in 16 hours and 45 minutes. Team leader Kendan Gibson said they ran most of the way to achieve the incredible time, and although some of hills proved tough, there was “never a moment” that he thought they couldn’t do it.
“Just the hills, we slowed down a little bit as the body tired out. Running back through the town, we really got our run going again, which was real cool. The supporters and that have been massive.
“I would like to thank our support crew first, they were amazing. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. And just the local community getting around the whole thing – it was a big buzz.”
A drizzly Saturday morning saw the 250 teams of four set off on a mission to finish either 100 kilometres in 36 hours or 50 kilometres in 18 hours to raise money for Oxfam’s fight against poverty. Many teams walked through the night, with the last team coming at an admirable 35 hours and 3 minutes.
So far, participants have raised over $950,000 towards Oxfam’s work to eliminate poverty and injustice in the Pacific and around the world.
Oxfam New Zealand’s Fundraising Events Manager Lizzie Quill said: “Every single participant who challenged themselves this weekend for a good cause should know they’ve made a real difference.
“People living in poverty often have to walk long distances to collect something as basic as water. Thanks to the support of our wonderful participants and those who have donated, we will be able to change lives in the Pacific through Oxfam’s projects. The amazing physical and mental challenge that teams have just been through is absolutely incredible, as is the support from the local community. A huge thanks to everyone involved in making this event possible.”
Teams will continue to raise money until the fundraising deadline on 30 April, supporting Oxfam’s humanitarian and long-term development work in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Oxfam Trailwalker has so far raised $950,000 and is edging closer to its $1 million target. Donations to teams can be made at oxfamtrailwalker.org.nz.
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