- The ultimate walkathon challenge to raise funds for equality
10th September 2018, Mumbai: Oxfam India, the fully independent Indian organization focused on removing poverty and inequality, has opened registration for the sixth edition of its Mumbai Trailwalker being held on November 23-25, 2018. With a crucial message of ‘Walk for Equality’, the walkathon intends to promote team spirit across communities and raise funds for Oxfam.
This year the 100km trail is in Karjat near Mumbai. The town, on the banks of the Ulhas river, overlooks the majestic Sahayadri ranges, the Western Ghats as well as the Bhor Ghat. Participants will form a team of four, who must complete the 100km walk in 48 hours on the condition that the team must start and finish together. The participating teams this year will have an ambitious target of breaking last year’s fastest team record ‘OGS – Jaguar Security’s record of completing 100 kms in 15hrs 44 mins and 50 kms record by ‘SG Runners’ in 6hrs 32 mins.
Mr. Amitabh Behar, CEO, Oxfam India said, “We are excited to return with the annual Mumbai Trailwalker and look forward to record participation this year. Oxfam India Trailwalker is an ultimate team challenge and the biggest fundraising event in India. The amount raised by teams is used to campaign for equality—gender, economic and social. This funding is instrumental in fighting economic, social and gender inequality in the six states of India (Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Assam, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh).”
Oxfam India also organizes free practice walk sessions for participants and helps prepare interested employees of corporate partners for the ultimate team challenge.
Several corporates, like Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, TESCO, Accenture, Technicolor, Goldman Sachs, Salesforce, VMware, State Street, Microland, Sony, VISA, Hindustan Petroleum, CLSA, DSP Blackrock, Dun & Bradstreet have associated with Oxfam Trailwalker as participants and volunteers in the past.
Details about the registration
Interested teams can register on the website of Oxfam India Trailwalker https://trailwalker.oxfamindia.org/
Last date to register: 16th October 2018
Oxfam Trailwalker is a global phenomenon and the ultimate team challenge. It starts with forming a team of four and concur the challenge to make a big difference in someone’s life. The first Oxfam Trailwalker India was held in Bengaluru in February 2012. Post that, it has been followed by six more editions with a steady increase in participation every year. A record number of teams – 339 – participated in Bengaluru Trailwalker 2018. After the success of the Bengaluru Trailwalker in 2012, Oxfam India introduced the second Trailwalker in Mumbai in 2013. In 2014, a 50km walk to be completed in 24 hours, was also introduced along with the 100km walk. This year will witness the sixth edition of the Mumbai Trailwalker from November 23-25, 2018.
Oxfam India works primarily through grassroots Organizations to bring deep-rooted sustainable changes in people’s lives. They work for the poorest and the socially excluded communities by mobilizing them to campaign for greater economic and social reforms. Oxfam India’s vision is to help create an equal, just and sustainable society by empowering the underprivileged. Oxfam India believes in the ‘Right to Life with Dignity for All’. This is fulfilled by engaging empowered citizens to become active and supportive partners, advocating an effective and accountable State and making markets work for the underprivileged. Oxfam address this problem with a “Rights Based Approach”. Oxfam see people as the bearers of civil, political and social, and economic rights. Institutions, both State and non-state, are seen as duty bound to guarantee those rights to the people. Their effort is to bring a change in people’s lives through State and Institutional Accountability; Civil Society Participation; Empowering the Poor to Use Public Resources and Increased Social Inclusion of the Marginalised.