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Ending global poverty begins with women’s rights

Registration opens for Oxfam Trailwalker Canada 2011

Registration opens for Oxfam Trailwalker Canada 2011

December 1, 2010

Registration is available at www.oxfamtrailwalker.ca/ 

“I walked in Trailwalker last year,” said Oxfam Canada Executive Director Robert Fox. “Trailwalker is an ideal opportunity to build friendships and to test yourself and your team but also to raise funding for Oxfam and our programs globally to support women’s rights.

“You get out on the weekend, you get to experience a beautiful part of Ontario and you do something that is healthy and energizing and at the end of the day you feel better for it and you’ve done good work from it,” he said.

Last year, almost 500 people took to the Ganaraska Trail as part of Trailwalker. The event raised nearly $500,000 to support Oxfam’s work in Africa, the Americas and Asia.

This year, organizers are hoping to attract 200 teams. Each team must raise at least $2,500 to participate in the event, money that goes to humanitarian projects in Zimbabwe, to support female factory workers in Nicaragua, to agricultural projects in South Africa and to community-building programs in Ethiopia.

“Walking 100 km isn’t easy, but the fact is that for many poor people on this planet, walking long distances is part of their daily existence, whether it’s to find and fetch water, because they’re fleeing conflict, or because they’re trying to grasslands to support their cattle,” Fox said.

“For us, this is an extraordinary event. We don’t do it every day; we do it once a year to support Oxfam and to raise money for its programs and in doing that we walk in solidarity with those women and men around the world walking long distances every day.”

Teams will set off on Friday July 22, 2011 departing from Minesing’s Snow Valley and hike through Simcoe Country Forest. They must stay together, checking in and out of checkpoints along the route and finish together within 48 hours, ending in Orillia.

The first Trailwalker took place in Hong Kong in 1981 as a military training exercise. Over time, Trailwalker has become one of Oxfam’s biggest fundraisers, with massive success annually in Hong Kong, the UK, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Belgium. It has raised more than $70 million worldwide to support Oxfam’s work.

For further information, please contact: Karen Palmer Oxfam Canada Trailwalker Media Officer *protected email* 613-240-3047*protected email* 613-240-3047

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