What’s On: 5 reasons you should participate in Oxfam Trailwalker


The well-known charity walk has announced it’s moving to Taranaki and is due to make its debut in the stunning New Plymouth region during 20-21 March, 2021.

Photos: Artur Francisco/Oxfam

Since Oxfam Trailwalker’s launch in June, people have been stepping up to take on the challenge. Around a thousand Kiwis are expected to take part in New Zealand’s largest team endurance event, which sees teams of four tackle either 100 kilometres in 36 hours, or 50 kilometres in 18 hours, to raise vital funds for Oxfam’s work fighting injustice and poverty. Oxfam Trailwalker is suitable for people aged 18-80 and at all fitness levels, with everyone from trail-walking novices to pro-athletes taking part each year. It is not a relay – the challenge is for the teams of four to start and finish together.

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There are so many reasons to take part in Oxfam Trailwalker, so we’ve narrowed it down to our top five. But don’t take our word for it!

1. Explore New Zealand’s finest

For the first time in its history, Oxfam Trailwalker will take place in the stunning Taranaki region. It’s an opportunity after the lockdown period to get out, support domestic tourism and experience a brand-new trail – exclusive only to Oxfam Trailwalker participants.

2. Tick it off your bucket list

You probably know someone who’s already taken on the Oxfam Trailwalker challenge – and had the blisters to prove it! Oxfam Trailwalker might have been on your bucket list for some time and this is your year to conquer it. There’s no time like the present.

3. A physical challenge you’re up for

People from all fitness levels are taking on the trail. Whether it’s to get fitter, push yourself out of your comfort zone, or to be a great role model for your children, Oxfam Trailwalker is sure to push you to your limits and also deliver an incredibly rewarding experience.

4. Bond with friends and colleagues

It’s a great excuse to round up your mates, get active and make memories with those you are closest with. Past participants have said it’s a memory they often reflect back on and something their friend group will cherish for a lifetime.

5. Do your bit to help make the world a better place

With the world in its current state, now is our chance to pitch in and lend a helping hand. When you participate in Oxfam Trailwalker, you’ll help families living in poverty to access vital water and sanitation to help keep them healthy and safe.

Sound like a great opportunity? Express your interest to find out more about this fantastic event! https://bit.ly/3f3SYoi

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