Walk for a cause

Jan 22, 2013, 00:51 IST | Soma Das

Nisha Agrawal CEO, Oxfam India

1. What is the core idea behind Oxfam Trailwalker 2013?
Oxfam Trailwalker is the world’s greatest team challenge to overcome poverty and injustice. With teams of four required to walk (or run)
100 km in 48 hours, it is a test of physical endurance requiring mental strength and team spirit. Oxfam India conducted the first Trailwalker from February 10 to 12, 2012 on a route from Sangam, Mekedatu to Eagleton Golf Club, off Bangalore. The second edition will be conducted from January 25 to 27, 2013 from the picturesque Pearl Valley, Anekal to Eagleton, Bidadi off Bangalore and 174 teams will participate. The registration fee for each team is R12,000, and each team needs to fundraise a minimum of R40,000 to participate.

2. Can you tell us about the history of Oxfam Trailwalker?
Oxfam Trailwalker is a global phenomenon, which began in 1981 as a military training exercise for the elite Queen’s Gurkha Signals Regiment in Hong Kong. Today, Oxfam Trailwalker is a global event with 15 events in 12 countries. Over the last 15 years, more than 32,000 teams have participated and raised over $120 million for Oxfam’s work globally which has helped create a difference in the lives of the most marginalised communities across 100 countries.

Nisha Agarwal

3. Which NGOs will benefit from Oxfam Trailwalker 2013?
The funds raised through Trailwalker in 2013 will continue to support Oxfam India’s projects in the areas of education, health, women’s empowerment, livelihood and urban poverty in Bengaluru, Delhi and Maharashtra. The projects have been selected on the basis of urgency of the issue to be addressed, location of the project as well as the monetary support required by these projects. Oxfam India works in partnership with 180 grassroot NGOs to address root causes of poverty and injustice in the areas of economic justice, essential services, gender justice and disaster risk reduction.

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