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Oxfam Trailwalker Completed

19 April 2013

AUTHOR:Kevin Birch

Last October I wrote an article about four of our staff members training for the Oxfam Trailwalker. This annual event is promoted and organized by Oxfam New Zealand to raise awareness and fundraising for Oxfam activities. The trail walk is based around Lake Taupo commencing at Kinloch and finishing in Taupo and involves walking 100 km in less than 36 hours over tracks and trails of variable steepness and ruggedness. This was the 8th time that the event was run in New Zealand and Oxfam set a target of raising $1M from the event. When fundraising closes in June, they are hopeful of reaching that target.

Carl, Kelly, Tim & Brett of Birch Surveyors organized a team, raised funds, trained hard, and competed over the weekend of 6th and 7th April, along with 293 other teams (making it the largest event so far), and finished in 29 hours 05 mins 44 secs. A fantastic effort – well done.

And to other local teams who competed, and there were at least 2 others, congratulations.

Links to Oxfam event, and our team and their fundraising can be found at