Anniversary appeal recalls happy memories

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 October, 2011, 12:00am

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Do you have a special association with the Oxfam Trailwalker in Hong Kong? If so, it's time to make yourself known. To celebrate Oxfam Trailwalker's 30th anniversary, organisers are searching for those who have contributed to its success and made it the memorable experience that it is today.

In the run-up to next month's competition, Brenda Wong Yuk-han (pictured), the event's fund-raising manager, said: 'We want a very special reunion with teams such as the first team to come in first, the first all-women's team, the first Super Trailwalker team, and the first volunteer team at a checkpoint. All these teams blazed new trails for Oxfam Trailwalker in its 30-year history.'

For those of you who want to compete this year, you will have to be fit and ready for the challenges ahead, as in other years.

Staying healthy throughout the gruelling trek is essential, and Frank Hung, from the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association (sports specialty group) emphasised that proper training beforehand was the best protection against any injury.

Super Trailwalker Chan Kwok-keung also shared tips gained in his 15 years of experience, including the importance of having a strong support team. He said that Oxfam Trailwalker had changed his life for the better, and he encouraged participants to do their best to finish the 100-kilometre journey.

Chan agreed with Oxfam's motto of 'Working with People Against Poverty' and said that his role was to secure as many donations as he could to reduce poverty around the world.

Oxfam Trailwalker has grown into one of the world's largest hiking events, with events being held in 15 cities or regions, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Spain. Next year India will also host an Oxfam Trailwalker.

Most importantly, the event has raised millions for worthy charities around the world.

'We are confident that with your continued support, we can enable poor people to make positive changes in their lives, improve their livelihoods and define for themselves the changes that will ultimately build a world free of poverty, where women and men enjoy well-being and rights,' said John Sayer, Oxfam Hong Kong's director general.

For more details call Hong Kong Oxfam on 2520 2525 or e-mail cindyc@oxfam.org.hk