“Oxfam TRAILWALKER is one of the most inspiring team challenges in the world,” says Will Bird, CT Connections Business Manager, as he and other workmates from the CTC Travel Group ramp up their training in preparations for the annual 100km bush hike.
And “Birdy”, as he is known to CT Connections workmates, should know about such challenges. Previously he has tackled Kokoda and scaled the highest mountain in South Korea among other journeys.
The teams have been hard at training with less than a month to go for the 100km challenge held over the weekend of April 7-9. The teams are seeking donations.
“We went to our place in Mannerim for a more serious 50km training weekend recently,” Will says.
“We started at my place and headed towards Drysdale. We walked down the Bellarine Rail Trail to the Queenscliff Hotel and then onto Point Lonsdale along the beach before walking back to our place in Mannerim up the rail trail where we stayed the night.”
“Next day we left early from Point Lonsdale Lighthouse to Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club walking along the beach. It was fantastic for team bonding.”
Oxfam TRAILWALKER is Australia’s original 100km team challenge. Each year more than 2000 teams take part across Australia — with the support of more than 2500 volunteers and 6000 support crew members — and raise more than $6 million. The event takes place in four locations: Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.
“We’re very keen for people to support us,” Will says. “It’s an event that’s not only a life-changing experience but every step you take helps raise vital funds to support people living in poverty.”
The CT Connections Travel Group teams will be part of a global phenomenon where ordinary people achieve something extraordinary and make a lasting difference by supporting Oxfam’s work throughout the planet.
Oxfam works with local communities to help them create their own sustainable solutions to poverty. Together we are promoting education, ensuring access to clean water, teaching skills to grow food and advocating for their basic rights.